Volkswagen has released the first images of its new all-electric racing car, the German firm's challenger for this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Driven by two-time Le Mans winner and three-time Pikes Peak winner Romain Dumas, Volkswagen’s I.D. R Pikes Peak will set about Kiwi Rhys Millen’s 8m57.118s electric benchmark for the 12-mile Colorado climb on June 24.
Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets said the time had come to erase the German firm’s memory of its last Pikes Peak entry, when Jochi Kleint’s twin-engined Golf came within a couple of corners of winning the 1987 event before suspension failure.
“It is about time we settled the score,” said Smeets. “The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an extremely exciting challenge for us, to show what is possible with an electric engine in motorsport.
"The entire team is behind Romain, who is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars.”
The car’s I.D. R Pikes Peak identity comes from VW’s I.D. range of electric road cars – to be rolled out from 2020. The R denotes input from Volkswagen’s performance R range.
The Pikes Peak project is pushing motorsport right to the top of Volkswagen’s electric agenda, with Volkswagen board member’s Dr. Frank Welsch adding: “Competing in the most famous hill climb in the world with I.D. R Pikes Peak not only has symbolic meaning, but is also a valuable test for the general development of electric cars.”
Testing of the I.D. R Pikes Peak is expected to commence in the coming weeks.