Volkswagen will race this wild new EV up Pikes Peak later this year

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Volkswagen announced late last year that it would return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the first time in 31 years. Now we know that the German automaker plans to tackle the competition with a wild, all-electric race car called the ID R Pikes Peak.

In case you’re unfamiliar, PPIHC is one of the more revered (and daunting) motorsports competitions in the world. Drivers start at the bottom of a 156-turn, 12.4-mile course, and race (one at a time) to the finish line at the summit some 14,000 feet above sea level.

EVs aren’t new to Pikes Peak — in fact, they’ve flourished there since showing up a few years ago, in part because they don’t wind up gasping for oxygen like internal combustion engines are wont to…

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