Volkswagen announced late last year that it would return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the first time in 31 years. Now we know that the German automaker plans to tackle the competition with a wild, all-electric race car called the ID R Pikes Peak.
In case you’re unfamiliar, PPIHC is one of the more revered (and daunting) motorsports competitions in the world. Drivers start at the bottom of a 156-turn, 12.4-mile course, and race (one at a time) to the finish line at the summit some 14,000 feet above sea level.
EVs aren’t new to Pikes Peak — in fact, they’ve flourished there since showing up a few years ago, in part because they don’t wind up gasping for oxygen like internal combustion engines are wont to do. Faraday Future even gave it a go with a prototype of its FF91 last year, and had been turning in a good time before the car powered down and needed a reboot.
VW hasn’t shared any of the specs of the ID R Pikes Peak, but the company did say it’s supposed to show off the power of the “MEB” powertrain — the same architecture that the company’s other ID vehicles will be built on. That could mean that, despite the ID R Pikes Peak’s wild looks, it might be demonstrating performance abilities that will be available in the Crozz or the Buzz or the Vizzion. Or it could just be another bit of clever marketing from a company that’s still trying to clean up its post-Dieselgate image. Either way, this sharp EV racer will be in Colorado this June, ready to take on the mountain in June.