Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its all-electric prototype, the I.D. R, for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, in the German manufacturer’s highly anticipated return to the famed race.
The four-wheel drive prototype, to be driven by three-time event event winner Romain Dumas, combines Volkswagen’s new I.D. family of electric vehicles with the brand’s sport department, R GmbH, and also signifying an increased cooperation between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport.
Production of the first I.D. road car is set to start at the end of next year in Germany, as part of the automaker’s plans to offer more than 20 fully-electric cars by 2025.
“We want to be at the forefront of electromobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family,” said Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development, Dr. Frank Welsch.
“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.”
Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Sales, Marketing and After Sales, added: “Pikes Peak is without question the most iconic hill climb in the world. For Volkswagen, it represents a fantastic opportunity to charge the topic of E mobility, both emotionally and from a sporting perspective, thanks to the I.D. R project.”
Technical details of the I.D. R have yet to be released although it is expected to begin testing in France shorty.
“The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an extremely exciting challenge for us, to show what is possible with an electric engine in motorsport,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.
“The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars.”
Volkswagen is looking to beat the current electric prototype class record of 8:57.118, set by Rhys Millen in 2016.