VW to return to Pikes Peak with ID R electric racer

It appears Volkswagen’s motorsport division has been busy since ending its dominant run in the World Rally Championship at the close of the 2016 season.

VW has confirmed it will be returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018, with 2017’s winner Romain Dumas set to hop behind the wheel of a custom race car called the ID R Pikes Peak.

The wild car, which is linked with VW’s upcoming ID family of road-going electric cars, will compete in Pikes Peak’s Electric Modified Class, in which VW aims to set a record time. The time to beat is the 8:57.118, set in 2016 by New Zealand’s Rhys Millen. The overall record for Pikes Peak remains the insane 8:13.878 set in 2013 by Sébastien Loeb in a custom 875-horsepower Peugeot racer.

All we know about VW’s ID R Pikes Peak is that it will have four-wheel drive. Its powertrain is said to be related to the one in VW’s MEB modular electric car platform that will underpin the new ID family of cars. VW says it’s using the race as chance to prove its technology in the harshest of conditions.