Tongue-twister! VW I.D. R Pikes Peak Race Car

It’s VW’s new electric race car – all two pics of it so far. Spoiler alert. It’s nxa!

VW are intent on being ahead of the curve when electric cars really come to the foreground, which, if all is to be believed, will pretty much be slap bang in the middle of the next decade, or, if you really want to scare yourself, just 6 years away.

This then, the latest in their all-electric offering, is a racing car that will look to break the famous Pikes Peak record at the end of June. Aptly named the VW I.D. R Pikes Peak, it’s a key member of their growing electric family that hopes to put VW ahead of their competitors when the electric revolution finally overwhelms us.

“We want to be at the forefront of electro-mobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family,” said Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development, Dr. Frank Welsch. “Competing in the most famous hillclimb in the world with the I.D. R Pikes Peak is a valuable test for the general development of electric cars.”

That’s cool, we say, but my word: Surely there could have been an easier name to write and say than this. Still, take nothing away from this stunning machine and the milestones it has set for itself.

It was in 1987 when VW last entered the the Pikes Peak hillclimb with an outrageous dual-engine Golf, which then generated an other-worldly 486kW. Still, they missed out on success. But, now, they hope to settle the score:

VW Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets says that “The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an extremely exciting challenge for [them], to show what is possible in motorsport with an electric drivetrain. The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars.”

VW plans to offer more than 20 fully-electric cars by 2025, the first of which, the Hatch, expected as soon as 2019.

Brace yourselves South Africa! This future is here…

The I.D. Hatch. This might, in time, become the new all-electric Golf. Hopefully they'll just call it a Golf by then. Drop the I.D.! Wow it's annoying.

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