Here Chris Harris drives the stabbed-rat quick, all electric Volkswagen I.D. R. A prototype that breaks almost every rule in every motorsport book – but that doesn’t matter. This creation isn’t designed to go head-to-head with other cars. No, this car is designed to go head-to-head with physics and the clock.Want to see more from the I.D. R? Check out the full episode on iPlayer: Series 28: Geneva Online Motor Show: First Look: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.
it’s called the IDR and while it might look like a race car the IDR doesn’t exist to compete in any championship anywhere on the planet no this is a race car built without rules a race car unlimited so if you’ve got a blank sheet of paper and your only aim is to go really really fast what you do for power have listen to this that’s right Volkswagens no-limits racing car is electric Volkswagens answer to ultimate power is batteries so let’s see what those batteries can do that’s ludicrous book 62 seconds for 225 seconds or to put it another way what is a McLaren 720s over 700 horsepower pretty much the fastest supercar on the planet right now remember that hated a front wheel wheel Smith wow it is a whole new division of us in fact this 670 horsepower IDR accelerates faster than a Formula One car but straight-line speed is just the warm-up act because the ideas wings and fins generate over a ton of downforce and with its electric motors also providing four-wheel drive when you get to a corner the effect is profound this thing rips new hard test service a blacked-out private how do you say that they accelerate song did you feel the fright and the punch by it makes your brain move around inside us yeah copy that box box yeah I should have mentioned that is the one issue with the IDR already I need to stop and plug it in driven hard the IDR will manage just 12 miles before needing her let’s be honest lengthy recharge but there’s a very good reason for that and that reason is Pikes Peak every summer this legendary mountain in the heart of the Colorado Rockies plays host to the greatest Hill Climb race on the planet the road to the summit is 12 miles long and since the IDR was built to get up there faster than any car ever before 12 miles of range was all it needed an electric power would give it the edge like us petrol engines breathe air and the summit of Pikes Peak is at over 14,000 feet there’s not much air at that altitude a regulate internal combustion engine can lose more than a third of its power up there but an electric car well that’s just as powerful at the top as it is at the bottom so if you want to get really high electricity it’s what you need and it worked in 2018 in the hands of race legend Rome and Duma the IDR obliterated the Pikes Peak record by more than 16 seconds job done