Volkswagen has shared the first images of the new electric racecar it will take to the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb this year – which has been dubbed the I.D. R.

The Volkswagen I.D. R will be looking to break the Pikes Peak record for electric cars when the annual hill climb event kicks off in late June. The current record stands at 8:57.118 and was set by Rhys Millen back in 2016. Millen was in the Latvian-built Drive eO PP03 prototype racecar, which has a wild 1,368 hp and 1,593 lb-ft of torque. We’re willing to wager the I.D. R will probably have a similarly high power output. After all, at the so-called “Race to the Clouds”, power is often paramount.

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Volkswagen hasn’t competed at Pikes Peak in an official capacity since 1987, when it brought an all-wheel drive, dual engine Golf with 652 horsepower to the event. Pikes Peak was a much different race back then – run on a loose dirt surface instead of the smooth paved tarmac used today. VW is confident the I.D. R can have the success the dual-engine Golf never did, though, and has hired on racing driver Romain Dumas to ensure the outing goes to plan.

“It is about time we settled the score,” said Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an extremely exciting challenge for us, 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.”

In a release, Volkswagen said the I.D. R “points to the sporting potential of the I.D. family of all-electric vehicles and is also the first step towards a closer relationship between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport.” It’s representative of VW’s current product roadmap as well, which will see it bring 20 fully-electric cars to market by 2025. The vehicles will be sold under the ‘I.D.’ banner the German brand has reserved for its electric vehicle family.

We’ll be able to see the futuristic-looking Volkswagen I.D. R in action when Pikes Peak kicks off on June 24th, 2018.

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