The historic event, which has taken place every year since 1950 at the 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, near Monterey in the US state of California, has not been chosen at random: one year ago, it was the venue chosen to present the I.D. BUZZ. This year, the 500 kW (680 PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak will be the centre of attention. It is the sporting forerunner of the I.D. Family, the range of fully-electrically driven production vehicles that Volkswagen will be bringing to market from 2020.
Volkswagen has already set two impressive records with the I.D. R Pikes Peak. On 24 June, Romain Dumas set a new all-time record of 7:57.148 minutes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2018, the world’s most famous hill climb. Just three weeks later, the 40-year-old set a new electric record of 43.86 seconds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England.
The I.D. R Pikes Peak will be joined on stage at the Concours d’Elegance by another Volkswagen newcomer: the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak. The first pick-up based on the MQB platform will enjoy static presentation at the McCall’s Motorworks Revival on 22 August, during the Pebble Beach Automotive Week, and it will be in motion together with the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport on 17-Mile Drive, the coast road along the Monterey peninsula, on subsequent days. Both models celebrated their world premiere in spring, at the New York Auto Show. Volkswagen’s top management will also be represented in Pebble Beach: Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen North America, and Head of Design Klaus Bischoff will be available to answer journalists’ questions.