Volkswagen will be entering the world of extreme electric performance at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with this: the ID R Pikes Peak race car.

Set to take on the likes of Acura and Peugeot in the Unlimited class in June, VW says its new racer represents "a closer relationship between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport".

VW hasn’t revealed any specs for its new electric competitor, but at first glance there’s no denying it's pretty darn extreme. The racer features some styling cues first seen on Volkswagen’s other ID concepts, including LED head- and taillamps and a smooth flowing body.

“We want to be at the forefront of electro-mobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family,” said Frank Welsch, Volkswagen member of the board of management.

“Competing in the most famous hillclimb in the world with the ID R Pikes Peak is a valuable test for the general development of electric cars,” he added.