VW FighteR Trademark Evidence of a New High Performance Volkswagen

VW has filed a trademark application with the European Intellectual Property Office to reserve the name ‘FighteR’ for use on automobiles.

The most interesting part about this trademark is the capital ‘R’ – likely a reference to VW’s line of high-performance R models. It seems as though the VW FighteR name, if it ever sees the light of day, will appear on performance car of some sort, then.

Last summer, VW said it was looking at introducing a high-performance electric vehicle under its R banner. The timeline is still murky due to the ever-evolving state of batteries and electric motors, but its arrival seems inevitable given VW’s commitment to EVs.

Crucial to the development of VW’s electric motors and batteries is the VW ID R, a purpose-built time attack race car that blitzed the outright course record at Pikes Peaks last year. Jost Capito, the boss of VW’s R division, told Autocar in an interview last year that the ID R was a “demonstration of what the ID family will be and what R will be in an electric future.”

“Our idea was to convince people that electric cars are not boring,” Capito said. “They can be very emotional – and we’ve proven that.”

In a separate interview with AutoExpress, VW’s sales and marketing boss Jürgen Stackmann dropped more hints on the R brand’s EV future, saying it is “going extreme.”

“With a little more expressive design, R can go beyond the rational side of things,” he said. “It can find its place in a different league of pure performance and there’s a space where customers are willing to pay a significant amount of money.”

The next big challenge for the engineers within VW’s R division will come this summer, when the automaker will attempt to break the lap record for electric vehicles at the Nürburgring with ID R. The current record holder for fully-electric vehicles is the NIO EP9, which lapped the 12.9-mile track in just 6:45.90 minutes in the hands of racing driver Peter Dumbreck.