Volkswagen has named its newest motorsport challenge the I.D. R Pikes Peak. This all-electric prototype racing automobile will compete within the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb on 24 June in Colorado.
The four-wheel-drive racing automobile factors to the sporting potential of the I.D. household of all-electric automobiles and can be step one in direction of a more in-depth relationship between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport.
The Volkswagen model plans to supply greater than 20 fully-electric vehicles by 2025. Manufacture of the primary manufacturing mannequin of the I.D. household is scheduled to start out on the finish of 2019 in Zwickau, Germany.
“We need to be on the forefront of electro-mobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. household. Competing in essentially the most well-known hillclimb on this planet with the I.D. R Pikes Peak is a invaluable check for the final improvement of electrical vehicles.”
—Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Member of the Board of Administration with accountability for Growth
The worldwide Pikes Peak Hill Climb, also called the “Race to the Clouds”, has been held since 1916 close to Colorado Springs within the Rocky Mountains. The 12.Four-mile route begins at simply above 9,000 toes and climbs to the summit at 14,115 toes above sea degree.
Volkswagen final entered the Pikes Peak hillclimb in 1987 with a spectacular dual-engine Golf, which generated 652 horsepower. Nevertheless, Volkswagen didn’t win.
“It’s about time we settled the rating. The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an especially thrilling problem for us, to indicate what is feasible in motorsport with an electrical drivetrain. The complete crew behind our driver Romain Dumas is extremely motivated to set a brand new file for electrical vehicles.”
—Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets
The file within the electrical prototype class at the moment stands at eight:57.118 minutes, set in 2016 by New Zealand’s Rhys Millen.