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Race to the clouds in the Volkswagen I.D. R

It'll accelerate faster than most racecars and it has a seasoned driver behind the wheel.

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Andrew Krok
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Volkswagen has unveiled the I.D. R, an electric racecar that it will use to tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June.     

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It will climb 4,720 feet through 156 corners in an attempt to set a new record for electric vehicles.    

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Under its carbon fiber body is a pair of electric motors that puts out 680 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.    

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With a curb weight under 2,500 pounds, Volkswagen estimates that the I.D. R will hit 60 mph in just 2.25 seconds.   

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VW estimates that 20 percent of the energy used during the 12.42-mile hill climb will come from regenerative braking. 

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Romain Dumas will be the driver responsible for shoving the I.D. R up the mountain as fast as possible.    

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