Volkswagen’s latest motorsport project is an all-electric prototype racing car called the I.D. R Pikes Peak, with which the company will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the U.S. in June.
The newest member of the company’s electric I.D. family of vehicles, the four-wheel drive sports car is, VW says, the first step towards an intensification of the cooperation between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport. Volkswagen plans to offer more than 20 fully-electric cars by 2025. Manufacturing of the first production model in the I.D. family is scheduled to start at the end of 2019 in Germany.
The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most famous hill climb challenges – the 20km route runs from a start at 2800m to the summit at 4300m above sea level and VW says it is the perfect place to give the car its first test.
“We want to be at the forefront of electromobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development. “Competing in the most famous hill climb in the world with the I.D. R Pikes Peak not only has symbolic meaning but is also a valuable test for the general development of electric cars.”
Though there are no details yet of the car’s technical specs, the current record for the electric prototype class stands at 8:57.118 minutes, set by New Zealand’s Rhys Millen in 2016 in the 1500hp e0 PP100. We can assume that VW has that time well in its sights.