The Volkswagen ID.R Time Attack Challenge has been launched for the RaceRoom community, with sportscar legend Romain Dumas setting the benchmark time in an electric car steeped in modern history.
This is what they have to say about the car and the hotlap contest:
We at Sector3 Studios were very proud when Volkswagen Motorsport entrusted us with carrying a project that consisted in several firsts for us: It is the first appearance of a fully electric race car in the RaceRoom simulator, and our team has worked miracles to deliver physics and sound engines modifications to support this.
It is also the first time that we have worked on creating a virtual rendition of a car that didn’t exist yet. We have worked hand in hand with the Volkswagen team, looking at the data and telemetry from the Pikes Peak ID.R, and extrapolating the new handling characteristics that this brand new long tail / low drag version of the ID.R would bring.
Once the real car has been on the Nordschleife, we will receive actual telemetry and will be able to fine-tune the simulation of all its characteristics.
Sadly for us, the DRS unit was added to the real car in the last weeks and couldn’t possibly be added in-game in time for the start of this competition. We will, however, bring it in a later RaceRoom update.
You can now judge the result of all this work in the Time Attack challenge that is now available in RaceRoom here>>>
You will find Romain Dumas in the leaderboard, as he could record some lap times in the brand new RaceRoom 3Motion rig from the Nürburgring Boulevard here:
Dumas is also an avid simracer and you’ll probably need to work hard to beat him on that leaderboard! He’s waiting for the challenge.
Notes on the car:
- Some things to know as it might be weird at first;
- This is probably not relevant as the car is currently only available in competition mode, with rolling starts, but the startup of the car is something very particular.
- It is a 20 seconds (-ish) sequence of fans spooling up and battery turning on. You can try turning it off and on again to hear it, put the volume up to hear the true startup sequence of the ID.R.
- The gearbox has 4 modes: R, N, D, S.
- D = normal drive
- S = drive with energy regeneration (under braking) (not so relevant in competition mode for now)
- The car is artificially limited to 250kph as it’s not efficient for the battery to attempt to fight the drag at higher speeds than that
- The current simulation and physics are based on theoretical data as it’s only been existing on computers until today. In the last days they decided to also throw in a DRS system that we didn’t have time to implement. This means that after they actually have their real life record attempt done, we’ll get the actual data and update the car accordingly. It will be interesting to see how far we end up.
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