First images released of Volkswagen's electric Pikes Peak vehicle


R Pikes Peak. The all-electric prototype racing auto is set to take part in this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event that takes place on June 24 in Colorado.

We know little about the ID R in terms of mechanicals, aside from that it's all-electric, although you can expect the utilisation of all-wheel drive to give it the best shot of success.

Welsch, who is also responsible for the development of the upcoming range of ID electric road models, says the ID R Pikes Peak is equipped with "innovative drive and battery technology". Now, more than 30 years later, VW is ready "for a rematch" and will be back to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs to tackle the 12.4-mile course with the all-electric I.D.

Volkswagen's latest pitch as it reinvents itself is this, the VW I.D.

Volkswagen last entered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 1987 with a dual engine Golf producing 480kW. R Pikes Peak, an electric halo vehicle for the new I.D. range of electric cars. The German company is working on a dedicated fully electric race auto, which will compete in the Unlimited class, where manufacturers and private teams have almost unlimited technical freedom.

The new I.D. R marks the first time Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport divisions work closer together for a joint product. "The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars", said VW motorsport chief Sven Smeets. Stay tuned for some real pictures of the I.D.

"Pikes Peak is without question the most iconic hillclimb in the world", said Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management. Electric vehicles have a had a good time of it recently on Colorado's most famous (at least in automotive circles) hill. That prototype class record was set by Rhys Millen in 2016.