Volkswagen announced late last year that it would return to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the first time in 31 years. We now know that the German automaker plans to face the competition with an all-electric racing car called ID R Pikes Peak.
In case you're not familiar, PPIHC is one of the most revered (and discouraging) automobile competitions in the world. Drivers start at the bottom of a 156-lap, 12.4-mile circuit, and race (one at a time) to the finish line at the summit at about 14,000 feet above sea level.
EVs are not new to Pikes Peak, in fact, they have flourished there for a few years, partly because they do not end up gasping for oxygen as internal combustion engines do. Faraday Future even tried it with a prototype of its FF91 last year, and it had been spinning at a good time before the car shut down and needed to restart.
VW has not shared any of the characteristics of the ID R Pikes Peak, but the company did say that it is supposed to show the powertrain power "MEB", the same architecture on which other company ID vehicles will be built. That could mean that, despite the wild looks of ID R Pikes Peak, it could be demonstrating performance capabilities that will be available in the Crozz or the Buzz or the Vizzion. Or it could be another smart marketing of a company that is still trying to clean up its image after Dieselgate. Either way, this strong EV pilot will be in Colorado this June, ready to take the mountain in June.