VW ID Pikes Peak electric race vehicle is ready to compete

Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak

Volkswagen has revealed renders of the all-electric racer it will use to tackle Pikes Peak this year, dubbed the I.

Although Volkswagen is keeping quiet on technical details to the I.D.

Volkswagen is aiming to bring 20 fully electric models to market by 2025.

Developed by Volkswagen Motorsport, the outfit responsible for the successful Polo WRC auto, the ID R's role extends beyond being just a one-off race vehicle - it also serves as a bridge between VW's upcoming ID electric auto range and the R-badged models that now act as halo products, such as the Golf R.

"We want to be at the forefront of electro-mobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family", says Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development, Dr. R Pikes Peak will be capable of maintaining constant power as it climbs to the top, a trait which promises to make a big difference. "R Pikes Peak not only has symbolic meaning, but is also a valuable test for the general development of electric cars".

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"Pikes Peak is without question the most iconic hillclimb in the world", said Jürgen Stackmann, VW's sales boss. The R denotes input from Volkswagen's performance R range. The 12.4-mile route starts at just above 9,000 feet and climbs to the summit at 14,115 feet above sea level. "The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars".

But VW's effort at Pikes Peak hill climb is also for a slightly more philosophical reason, as this will not be the first time VW has entered the event with a factory-supported race auto. However, the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer narrowly missed out on success.

The "Race to the Clouds" electric prototype division record is 8 minutes 57 seconds, a time that Volkswagen is determined to beat.

It is about time we settled the score. R Pikes Peak represents the "first step in an intensification of the co-operation between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport" in a move that could see future electric powered I.D. models receive sporting R treatment.

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