VW’s All-electric Hillclimb Monster Hits the Racetrack

It’s been a big month for VW race fans, as the company’s rumored all-electric hillclimb monster not only broke cover- but ran its first laps in Alès, France as well. Officially called the ID R, the car weighs less than 2,500 lbs and produces 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, giving it a 0-60 time of 2.25 seconds.

If accurate, that would make the Volkswagen ID R quicker to 60 than some Formula 1 and Formula E race cars. That is to say, in case you didn’t get it by now, that it’s pretty quick!

You can check out the official press statement about the ID R’s track outing, below, along with all the official launch photos released over the weekend. Once you’ve done that, let us know what you think of the new Pike’s Peak challenger in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

    THE VOLKSWAGEN I.D. R PIKES PEAK IN ITS ELEMENT: FIRST OUTING IN ALÈS

    Wolfsburg, Germany – 23 April 2018 – Successful maiden outing: The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak completed its first laps at the racetrack in Alès. The fully-electric super sports car, developed for the iconic “Race to the Clouds” in Colorado Springs (USA), will attempt to break the record for electric cars at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 24 June. Between now and then, the spectacular prototype, which generates 500 kW (680 hp) and features a twin-engine powertrain, will undergo a strict programme of testing – initially in Europe, then in the USA. The man in the cockpit for the car’s first outing was Romain Dumas (F), who will also be at the wheel of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak for the record attempt at the end of June.

    “It was absolutely fantastic to see the completed I.D. R for the first time, and to take it out for its first spin,” said Romain Dumas, who is a three-time winner of the hill climb on Pikes Peak. “What Volkswagen has managed to put together from scratch over the past few months has my greatest respect. I had obviously seen initial pictures of the car – but it is even more spectacular in the flesh. We now have a packed schedule of testing ahead of us, and I am looking forward to every meter!”

 

VW ID R Pike’s Peak Challenger | Launch Photos

Source | Images: Volkswagen.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.