Volkswagen has officially revealed the eR1 e-Performance Golf concept at the GP Ice Race at Zell am See in Austria.
The four-wheel drive Golf concept was initially developed to hone the ID.R hillclimb car's technology in the lead up to the latter's first record-breaking Pikes Peak hillclimb in 2018, but it's only now the concept has publicly been showcased.
It borrows its body from a Golf GTI TCR racing car with wide fenders, massive side skirts, and a splitter. Powering it is a development of the twin-motor drivetrain from the ID.R.
Although no specifications have been released for the eR1, the ID.R develops a combined 507kW and 649Nm.
The eR1 Golf will be used for promotional videos this year and driven by Tanner Foust. Volkswagen will also utilise the Golf concept to show its EV technology strategy, with the brand’s ID.3 R electric production car to be released by 2024.
Head of Volkswagen R, Jost Capito, told Autocar, the eR1 was "not built to any race regulations, and it's not intended to race – but we'll use it to get experience of electric performance cars and to do fun stuff with the car to showcase the technology".
Other Volkswagen racers will be on display at the Ice Race this weekend.
Current World Touring Car Cup driver, Benjamin Leuchter will be behind-the-wheel of a T-Roc R SUV. A classic ‘70s 1302 S ‘Salzburg’ Beetle will be joining the line-up, alongside a five-time championship-winning Beetle R, driven by former German F1 driver, Hans-Joachim “Strietzel” Stuck, and Tanner Foust.
“With the selection of racing cars that we are taking to Zell am See this year, we will put on quite a show for the fans,” Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets told Carscoops.
“I think we have found an exciting mix of current and vintage cars, and with the fully-electric cars, we are able to offer a view of the future.”