The world-famous Pikes Peak hill climb race will see VW return for the first time in 30 years. The main difference between the German carmaker’s entry into this year’s race, compared to previous editions, is the fact that an electric car will be making the accent of their behalf.
The car Volkswagen are entering into the race has been built specifically for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) race and is part of the brand’s I.D. range of electric cars, set to enter production in 2019.
The PPIHC, nicknamed the “Race to the Clouds” is one of the world’s most challenging races. Taking place over a 12-mile course, competitors must negotiate 156 corners as they scale the side of a Colorado mountain. The finish-line is a lofty 14,000 feet (4,300m) above sea level.
Sven Smeets, Volkswagen’s motorsport director, said: “It is about time we settled the score. The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an extremely exciting challenge for us, to show what is possible with an electric engine in motorsport. The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars.”