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Tuesday, 13-08-2019 ID.R

A big move

Volkswagen ID.R takes freight train to record attempt

Volkswagen’s trip to China will have as little impact as possible on the environment, as the brand once again looks to put the electromobility of the future on top on Tianmen Mountain: the Volkswagen ID.R is also adopting unusual, electrical methods for its logistical challenges. The 500-kW (680-PS), fully-electric sports car – and pioneering ambassador of the Volkswagen ID. family – will be transported along the Silk Road to the foot of Tianmen Mountain by freight train. With it will travel the material required for the record attempt on the road to “Heaven’s Gate”, which is set against the breath-taking backdrop of Tianmen National Park. The ID.R has chosen its preferred mode of transport for its trip to China, via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan: fully-electric1. The two 40-foot and two 20-foot containers will take roughly three weeks to complete the 11,000-kilometre journey. By using this form of transport, Volkswagen is saving about 85 percent of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and 93 percent of sulphur dioxide emissions (SO2) compared to travelling by air freight, which is the more conventional mode of transport for long distances.

“We are using the ID.R programme to show how exciting and high-performance e-mobility can be,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “The records set on Pikes Peak, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed show what a good job our engineers have done in this regard. However, they are not the only ones contributing to this project with surprising and clever solutions: our logistics experts are also repeatedly coming up with ground-breaking ideas. For the first time in the 50-year history of Volkswagen in motorsport, a race car will be transported to its destination by freight train. That contributes significantly to making the record attempt on Tianmen Mountain as environmentally sound as possible.”