Race to the Clouds Integral e-Drive powers VW Motorsports Pikes Peak Challenger
20 Jun 2018
‘Race to the Clouds’ | Integral e-Drive powers Volkswagen Motorsports I.D. R Pikes Peak challenger
Integral e-Drive, the electric drives division of Integral Powertrain Ltd, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Volkswagen Motorsport as e-Drive technology partner for their pioneering, fully-electric racing car: The I.D. R Pikes Peak.
§ With 500 kW (680 PS), 650 Nm of torque and weighing less than 1,100 kg, the super sports car will take on the iconic Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado Springs, USA, on 24 June 2018.
§ Ultimate fully-electric race car demands ultimate high-performance e-Drive technology.
§ The I.D. R Pikes Peak features two Integral e-Drive advanced SPM motor design bespoke for this application, generating a system capacity of 500 kW (680 PS).
Driven by world-class driver and defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, Volkswagen Motorsport I.D. R Pikes Peak challenger is set to push the boundaries of innovation and technology to take it over the finish line some 19.99 kilometres and 1,440 meters in altitude from the start line. The goal, to set a new world record for electric cars at the finish line some 4,302 metres above sea level. The current record in the class of electric prototypes is 8 minutes 57.118 seconds, which was set by the New Zealander Rhys Millen in 2016.
With its high-power, high-downforce, low-weight philosophy the I.D. R Pikes Peak promises to redefine the limits of electric race performance. Two compact battery blocks sit beside and behind the driver, ensuring perfect weight distribution and provide the energy for each of the Integral e-Drive motors on the front and rear axles. Torque distribution is managed electronically.
"The project is an important milestone in our new motorsport orientation. Our team is literally electrified about taking on this incredible challenge“, explains Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. "Volkswagen last participated in the Pikes Peak mountain race in 1987 with a spectacular twin-engined Golf which barely missed finishing.“
Collaboration on this project builds upon the well-established and continually growing reputation of Integral e-Drive to design, validate and manufacture some of the world’s most technically advanced, high performance e-Drives for both Automotive and Motorsport sectors. Focussed on high performance electric motor technology, the proprietary core technology is configured to deliver world class leading e-Drives exactly matched to the performance and package requirements of the project.
Arnaud Martin, Chief Engineer Motorsport of Integral Powertrain says of the project, “We at Integral Powertrain have always pushed the boundaries of e-drive technology working with clients around the world to find the best solution to meet their exact requirements. There is no doubt that the future of motorsport is in electric powertrain and IP is pleased to have been chosen to provide the power units for this incredible car. The project brought many technical challenges which the IP team has met face on to ensure the I.D. R Pikes Peak challenger has every opportunity of breaking the world EV record on Sunday.”
"The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an extremely exciting challenge for us, to show what is possible with an electric car in motorsport. We rely on Integral e-drive as a strong partner in the development of the highly sophisticated electric motors. The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars“, says Smeets.
About Integral Powertrain Ltd
Integral Powertrain Ltd is a global engineering business that for the past 20 years has been continuously developing next generation technologies as part of the move towards a more sustainable way of powering vehicles. We work with prestigious manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers, and our engineers create innovative, complex and market leading powertrain and e-Drive solutions used for a wide range of applications in motorsport, passenger and off-highway vehicles as well as aerospace, marine and industrial equipment. Integral operates three divisions; Integral e-Drive, Integral e-Hub and Integral Powertrain employing over 150 people at its existing Milton Keynes Technical Centres. Find more about how Integral Powertrain is engineering the future at integralp.com.
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