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Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak to Run at GP Ice Race

Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak to run in Austrian ice race; car’s future plans TBA…

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Volkswagen’s Pikes Peak record-breaking car, the I.D. R Pikes Peak, will take part in the GP Ice Race in Zell am See later this month.

The all-electric prototype will be one of a number of cars taking part in the Austrian event, alongside an Audi RS5 DTM, modern R5 rally cars from Volkswagen and Skoda, and historic cars such as the 1938 Auto Union Typ C.

Audi will also bring its e-tron FE04, the car with which it won the teams’ title in last season’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship, to the event to be driven by Daniel Abt.

The event, held on Jan. 19-20, has been organized by Vinzenz Greger and Ferdinand Porsche, both co-founders of Greger Porsche Classic Cars in Vienna.

It marks the return of ice racing to the Austrian winter sports resort after almost five decades.

Hans-Joachim Stuck is an ambassador for the event, while former Porsche LMP1 drivers Marc Lieb and Timo Bernhard are also set to attend.

In addition to Volkswagen’s Pikes Peak machine taking part, the German automaker will announce future plans for the car.

Volkswagen has reportedly been eyeing an attempt on the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record but has yet to comment on the rumors.

“One thing is certain: the I.D. R is far from ready to take its place in a museum,” confirmed Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets.

“As a company, Volkswagen has a clear strategy regarding electromobility, and we want to support this objective with our involvement in motorsport.

“We already have a few interesting ideas.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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