VW has revealed the name of its new electric Pikes Peak contender, which is simply called the I.D. R.
The new German electric prototype racing car will participate at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24 in Colorado.
The new I.D. R marks the first time Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport divisions work closer together for a joint product.
“Pikes Peak is without question the most iconic hillclimb in the world,” said Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management. “The I.D. R project represents a fantastic opportunity for Volkswagen to change the conversation about e-mobility, both emotionally and from a sporting perspective.”
The announcement of the name was accompanied by a pair of illustrations of the new race car, revealing a shape similar to that of the Le Mans-contesting prototypes.
“We want to be at the forefront of electro-mobility 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 hillclimb in the world with the I.D. R Pikes Peak is a valuable test for the general development of electric cars.”
No technical details have been announced yet, with VW only saying that their new race car will be four-wheel drive and that it will show off the sporting potential of the upcoming I.D. family of all-electric vehicles.