A series of computer-generated images from Volkswagen confirm the pure electric coupe takes on the appearance of a modern day Le Mans prototype with an aerodynamic package that includes a sizeable front splitter, centre fin extending over the rear bodywork that appears to help support the car's huge rear wing and a multi-channel diffuser element.
The four-wheel drive sports vehicle combines its ambassadorial role for the future, electric I.D. family with the sportiest range of Volkswagen products, the R GmbH models.
The Pikes Peak project is pushing motorsport right to the top of Volkswagen's electric agenda, with Volkswagen board member's Dr. "Competing in the most famous hill climb in the world with the ID R Pikes Peak is a valuable test for the general development of electric cars".
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been a great proving ground for new electric vehicles. R Pikes Peak prototype racing auto to the test.
"For Volkswagen, it represents a fantastic opportunity to charge the topic of E mobility, both emotionally and from a sporting perspective, thanks to the I.D".
Volkswagen ID R electric prototype revealed ahead of 2018 Pikes Peak
Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Sales, Marketing and After Sales, adds: "Pikes Peak is without question the most iconic hillclimb in the world".
Volkswagen's latest pitch as it reinvents itself is this, the VW I.D. The starting point is situated at an altitude of 2800 metres above sea level, with the finishing point at 4300 metres. In 1987, the company contested a 652bhp twin-engined Golf, which narrowly missed out on an overall win.
"It is about time we settled the score", says Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets. Currently, the record for an electric vehicle stands at 8min 57.118sec, set by Rhys Millen in an eO PP100 - a auto that put out just shy of 1600bhp.
The I.D R will compete in the famous global Pikes Peak climb on 24th June.
The "Race to the Clouds" electric prototype division record is 8 minutes 57 seconds, a time that Volkswagen is determined to beat.
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