19.3.2018VW reveals all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak
Volkswagen has revealed the car it will tackle the Pikes Peak Hillclimb with later this year, with the I.D. R Pikes Peak set to provide a racing element to the all-electric I.D. sub-brand.
Likely to boast four-wheel drive, the pure-electric prototype represents VW's desire to be "at the forefront of electromobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family", according to Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development.
VW is keeping powertrain details under wraps, but it is safe to say that there will be plenty of power on tap and a huge battery to power the I.D. R Pikes Peak.
The German giant is throwing its considerable weight behind VW Motorsport's attempt to break the current hillclimb record for an electric car. That currently stands as 8:57.228 by Rhys Millen in an e0 PP100, which produces peak power of 1,190 kW and torque rated at 2,520 Nm, from a 50 kWh battery powering seven electric motors.
Similar levels of power will be required for driver Romain Dumas to even come close, and Volkswagen is seeing the I.D. R Pikes Peak as a way to develop electric powertrain components for use in future road going models.
The Pikes Peak hillclimb is a 19.99km route, that starts at 2,800 meters above sea level, and finishes at 4,300 meters. The VW I.D. R Pikes Peak will be competing on 24th June 2018, at Pikes Peak, Colorado, USA.