Volkswagen will stream the launch of their new fully electric Pike’s Peak challenger tomorrow and you can watch it right here, from 3pm! Until now, there have just been a series of computer generated images, lending an air of anticipation ahead of the 4wd racer’s launch.
It is the start of a new era in motorsport for Volkswagen – and one thing is already certain: This Volkswagen is set to electrify its public. The I.D. R Pikes Peak is Volkswagen’s first fully-electric racing car. Lightweight construction and aerodynamic perfection contribute to an exciting design, which houses a powerful electric power unit.
“We want to be at the forefront of electro mobility with the ID family,” said VW R&D boss Frank Welsch. “Competing in the most famous hill climb in the world with the ID R Pikes Peak not only has symbolic meaning but is also a valuable test for the general development of electric cars.”
Welsch, who is also responsible for the development of the upcoming range of ID electric road models, says the ID R Pikes Peak is equipped with “innovative drive and battery technology”.
Subsequently, VW Motorsport, which developed the ID R, will begin a comprehensive testing programme as it prepares for the record-breaking attempt on 24 June at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, where Romain Dumas will take the wheel.
Volkswagen has not competed at the famous event since 1987, when their 652bhp twin-engined Golf narrowly missed out on an overall win.