Wednesday 23 January 2019

Volkswagen's electric car will go on Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this summer

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

This is Volkswagen's four-wheel drive electric prototype, which its motorsport division is developing and which is scheduled to go on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June.

Which explains, I suppose, why they are calling it the ID R Pikes Peak.

It has been created to show how modern-day electric drive systems perform.

In its way, it is a flagship motor for the sweep of electric-powered ID road cars the company is due to make from 2019.

Don't expect all to have the appearance of a Le Mans prototype like this one, however.

The preview comes with scant details, but expect an electric motor on each axle like versions of the company's ID Crozz, ID Buzz and ID Vizzion concept cars. A large lithium-ion battery will power it.

Since 1916, the 19.99km Pikes Peak hill climb (known too as the 'Race to the Clouds') has been held near Colorado Springs in the Rockies. The route runs from a 2,800-metre start to a 4,300-metre summit.

Volkswagen last entered the climb in 1987 with a dual-engine 652hp Golf, but narrowly missed out.

Now the automaker says the climb affords a fresh opportunity to show what is possible with an electric engine in motorsport.

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