Volkswagen is presenting an electric Golf R concept, showcasing technology set to be used in the brand’s future electric performance cars and race cars, at this weekend’s GP Ice Race in Austria.
Few details have been released of the four-wheel-drive Volkswagen e-performance Golf R, but the bodywork of the car appears to be somewhat based on the Golf GTI TCR.
A statement released by the manufacturer says the concept “serves as an ambassador for future performance cars for Volkswagen R”.
Volkswagen recently announced plans to fully electrify the brand’s motorsport programs, pulling out of all petrol-powered racing including TCR.
Its ID.R electric prototype has claimed a number of records at Pikes Peak, the Nürburgring and Goodwood, and will also be on show at this weekend’s GP Ice Race in Zell am See.
It’s unclear what this new Golf R concept will become, but the powertrain within the car could be the basis of motorsport programs in the future, potentially in ETCR or rallycross.
Volkswagen isn’t expected to build an electric Golf road car, instead focusing on its ID.3 model instead, and so an electric Golf race car is unlikely to compete in a factory motorsport program.
It previously built a concept electric Golf as part of its development program for the ID.R two years ago by fitting an electric powertrain to a Golf GTI TCR while the prototype was still being completed.
This new concept could therefore be an updated version of that car.
In addition to the Golf concept and ID.R, Volkswagen has a number of other cars at Zell am See this weekend, including the historic 1302 S ‘Salzburg’ Beetle and modern rallycross-spec Beetle R.
“The Ice Race in Zell am See thrilled many fans with its first revival last year,” commented Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets.
“The combination of motorsport and a circuit on ice in the middle of the Alps is fantastic. With the selection of racing cars that we are taking to Zell am See this year, we will put on quite a show for the fans.
“I think we have found an exciting mix of current and vintage cars. Furthermore, with the fully electric cars, we are able to offer a view of the future.”