With its newest electric car, Volkswagen is about to return in Colorado for the first time in more than 30 years.


One, two, three, four and now five. This is the number of electric cars, Volkswagen has so far presented inside their family of electric cars, called I.D. They have announced that some 20 electric cars will arrive on the market by the year 2025 and with this kind of pace, they are presenting them now, Volkswagen will have no troubles fulfilling its ambitious plan. Fifth member is a bit different from the rest of the bunch and his name alone is suggesting that.

The youngest member of the bunch is going to be called (with full name) Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak. Moreover, even though it is the youngest, R Pikes Peak is going to be the first one on the road. The car itself however is not going to be road legal. Instead, Volkswagen is preparing this electric racecar for a rather spectacular event, legendary hill climbing race on Pikes Peak that traces its roots back to the year 1916, when the first race was organized.

Last race did not go as planned

"We want to be at the forefront of electro-mobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family," explained Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development, Dr. Frank Welsch. "Competing in the most famous hill climb in the world with the I.D. R Pikes Peak not only has symbolic meaning, but is also a valuable test for the general development of electric cars."

Stakes for Volkswagen are high, as on 24 June, when the race is held, they are planning to beat the record among electric cars. This was set by New Zealand racer Rhys Millen in 2016, who finished 19,99 kilometers long race in 8 minutes and 57,1 seconds. Race itself is also going to be a step into the past for Volkswagen, as this is going to be their first participation on the event after 31 years! Their last race ended prematurely though, as the driver Jochi Kleint had to retire just two turns before the finish after suspension failure on his twin engine VW Golf.

March 20, 2018 Driving photo: Volkswagen

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