The Volkswagen ID.R Race Car Literally Sounds Like a Space Ship

Volkswagen only recently introduced its first I.D. all-electric production model, but it’s been toying with the concept since the Dieselgate emissions scandal in 2015. Following its withdrawal from motorsport, Volkswagen developed the I.D. R, an all-electric race car with 671 horsepower.

The German brand first raced the I.D. R at Pikes Peak in 2018, setting a new record for electric cars. It also set records at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, Good Festival of Speed Hillclimb, Tianmen Mountain, and Bilster Berg. More recently Volkswagen gave the EV to F1 driver Nico Rosberg for a hot lap around the Nurburgring F1 track and the I.D. R sounds like a space ship under full throttle.

If Aliens Visited Us Today, They Would Be Jealous of How Cool the Volkswagen ID.R Sounds
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The video shows that the I.D. R is incredibly fast for an electric car. But it also handles really well, so it’s not surprising that it already holds several lap records around the world.

But the sound it makes is unlike anything else. When running at low speed, the I.D. R actually sounds like a regular electric vehicle, but things change when Rosberg steps on the "gas" pedal to take off.

The electric motors whine and hiss to the point where you have the impression that the car will take off the track and fly away.

Granted, it’s a bit annoying to have to drive with that kind of soundtrack in your ears, but the speed and grip of the I.D. R are probably worth it.

Volkswagen ID.R Specifications
Electric motor Dual motor 1 per axle Permanent four-wheel drive with active torque distribution
Battery Lithium-Ion
Power 670 HP
Torque 479 LB-FT
Ciprian Florea
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