Volkswagen’s all-electric prototype racing car, the I.D. R, will take on the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado.

The four-wheel drive, electric sports car combines its ambassadorial role for the future, electric I.D. family with the sportiest range of Volkswagen products — the R GmbH models.

At the same time, it is also the first step towards an intensification of cooperation between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport.

The Volkswagen brand 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 Zwickau, in the Saxony region of Germany.

IDR SHOT03“We want to be at the forefront of electromobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family,” VW Board member, Dr Frank Welsch, said.

“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.”

Pikes Peak, also known as “Race to the Clouds”, has been held since 1916 near Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains.

The 20km route runs from the start at 2800 metres to the summit at 4300 metres above sea level.

Volkswagen last entered the hill climb in 1987 with a spectacular dual-engine Golf, which generated an impressive 486kW.

“The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an extremely exciting challenge for us, to show what is possible with an electric engine in motorsport,” Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets, said.

“The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars.”

The record in the electric prototype class currently stands at 8:57.118 minutes and was set in 2016 by New Zealand’s Rhys Millen (e0 PP100).

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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