First images released of Volkswagen's electric Pikes Peak vehicle

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Developed by Volkswagen Motorsport, the outfit responsible for the successful Polo WRC auto, the ID R's role extends beyond being just a one-off race vehicle - it also serves as a bridge between VW's upcoming ID electric auto range and the R-badged models that now act as halo products, such as the Golf R.

Volkswagen is getting ready to compete in this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24 in Colorado with the I.D. Pikes Peak electric race vehicle.

The announcement of the name was accompanied by a pair of illustrations of the new race vehicle, revealing a shape similar to that of the Le Mans-contesting prototypes.

Volkswagen has released a few full renderings of its all-electric Pikes Peak racer.

"We want to be at the forefront of electromobility with the I.D. family", VW R&D chief Frank Welsch says. "R Pikes Peak is a valuable test for the general development of electric cars".

Although VW doesn't disclose technical details of the I.D.

We know little about the ID R in terms of mechanicals, aside from that it's all-electric, although you can expect the utilisation of all-wheel drive to give it the best shot of success.

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The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds, is a 19.99km route near Colorado Springs in the US. Competitors climb 4,720 ft. Driver Jochi Kleint put himself within reach of a famous victory, but, just three turns from the finish line, suspension failure forced the rampant Rabbit and its driver to retire.

To make doubly sure of success, VW has employed the best man for the job, with 2014, '15 and '16 victor Romain Dumas taking the wheel for the 12.5-mile run - Rhys Millen's electric prototype class record of 8:57:13 surely also in his sights.

Volkswagen last entered the Pikes Peak hillclimb in 1987 with a spectacular dual-engine Golf, which generated 652 horsepower.

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