Volkswagen’s I.D. R electric race car has shattered the 20-year record set by a McLaren Formula 1 car for the fastest run up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill-climb. It was driven by Le Mans winner Romain Dumas and the vehicle was optimized for speed, so it ran with fewer batteries to save weight, an F1-style drag reduction system, improved aerodynamics, as well as soft compound Bridgestone tires. The official recorded time of 41.18 seconds to beat the previous record of 41.6 seconds previously held by McLaren. Read more to see the record-setting run video and additional information.
Volkswagen has given the 1962 Type 2 11-window Microbus a futuristic makeover, and calls it the Type 20 concept, which combines vintage looks with modern tecnhology. For starters, there’s a Conversational Digital Assistant, which consists of directional microphones spanning three zones within the vehicle and harnessing voice command capabilities. Want to step inside? Simply use biometric identification, complete with a real-time facial recognition system with a wide-angle camera on the driver’s side second window. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
In the automotive world, setting a Nürburgring lap record is at the top of many lists, whether it be an automaker or enthusiast. The Volkswagen I.D. R has done just that by setting a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife by completing the 12.9-mile circuit in a blistering 6:05.336, smashing the time achieved by the Nio EP9 in 2017 by a whopping 40 seconds. Read more to watch the entire lap and for additional information.
Set to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the Volkswagen ID.3 is an all-electric hatchback that aims to take on the Tesla Model 3. Priced from €30,000 ($33,581), the top-of-the-line model can travel u to 342 miles on a single charge. “With the ID.3, we will be ushering in the third major chapter of strategic importance in the history of our brand, following the Beetle and the Golf. With the ID.3, we are making the electric car fit for mass mobility. Initially, we will electrify Europe with the ID.3 and then other regions with further electric models in the ID. family, which are to follow in the near future,” said Volkswagen brand exec Jurgen Stackmann. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon hits U.S. dealerships this month, and some call it the budget Audi A7. Available in three trim levels: SE ($35,845), SEL ($39,995), and SEL Premium ($44,945), all powered by a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 268 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The top-of-the-line SEL Premium model boasts ventilated front seats with a massaging function for the driver, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, 700-watt Dynaudio sound system (13 channels and 12 speakers), an 8.0-inch Discover Media infotainment system with navigation, and 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
For a sporty crossover that has the power to back up it sleek body, look no further than the Volkswagen T-Roc R. Thanks to a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine with 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, mated to a seven-speed DSG, it’s capable of sprinting from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds, while topping out at an electronically limited 155 mph. Other features include large air intakes up front, a quad tip Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, and 18-inch alloy wheels standard, but you can opt for a 19-inch set. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Volkswagen’s fully electric version of a new dune buggy will be officially revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show from March 7-17, and it’s based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). This futuristic reinterpretation of a dune buggy sports no fixed roof or conventional doors, while the large wheels and off-road tires and open side sills dominate the overall look. “A buggy is more than a car. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen. Read more for a video, another picture and additional information.
The all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak prototype has just set a new world record, thanks to two electric motors that produce a combined output of 680 horsepower and plenty of aerodynamic bits. At the Race to the Clouds event, Romain Dumas completed the course in just 7 minutes, 57.148 seconds, besting the previous 8:13.878 record set by Sebastien Loeb in the Peugeot 208 T16 in 2013. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Photo credit: Antonio Paglia
With Tom Cruise currently shooting “Top Gun 2,” it won’t be a surprise to hear that they’re planning a Minority Report sequel. If that were to be true, the Volkswagen ID-Tech Concept would fit right into that world. “A shooting brake able to excite. Both day and night. Sparkling proportions in a 2 volumes with a large internal space. Linear intersections between the body and the transparent part mark the side. Concepts already taken up by the VW Futura concept to which I was inspired by the ID-Tech concept which provides an electric motor for each wheel integrated into the body,” said its designer, Antonio Paglia. Continue reading for more pictures. Click here for a few bonus images.
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Photographer Felix Hernandez didn’t travel out to the desert to capture these incredible “Love Beetle” photos, just a cleverly designed set in his studio. That’s right, to set up the shoot, Felix hand-painted and prepared the models as well as the highly-detailed diorama, complete with a weathered billboard. Continue reading for more pictures and another video.