Electric VW Race Car Aims for Pikes Peak Record

VW teases EV racer for next year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The German automaker has begun a teaser campaign with two vague images showing off a curvy race auto and saying it has unfinished business at Pikes Peak. The Pikes Peak International Hill climb is very long and grueling for drivers and cars. An all-electric Pikes Peak race vehicle makes sense considering Volkswagen is pushing very hard towards electrification in wake of its massive diesel scandal.

VW has released a teaser of the new electric race vehicle, but we won't see it in action until June 24, 2018.

Although electric vehicles have the advantage of not being affected by atmospheric changes towards the top of the Peak, the outright record is still held by Sebastien Loeb in his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak from 2013, with a time of 8m 13s. "The extreme stress test posed by Pikes Peak will give us important feedback that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our products and their technologies".

Volkswagen Motorsport is collaborating closely with the company's Technical Development arm to produce the vehicle.

So why choose Pikes Peak for the feat? "It is high time for a rematch", continues Smeets.

The Hill Climb, officially known as the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and known to insiders as the "Race to the Clouds", has been run since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains, near Colorado Springs. It will also mark the first time in 31 years VW has competed in the hill climb.

Pictured here in a darkened image issued by Volkswagen, the new four-wheel drive race vehicle is being developed by Volkswagen Motorsport in co-operation with its technical development operations, the German auto maker's head of research and development, Frank Welsch, has confirmed. The VW electric race auto faces a tough challenge as it must beat a time of 8 minutes 57.118 seconds, set in 2016 by Rhys Millen.

The electric race auto forms one part of the firm's plans to transform itself into the "leading producer of electric vehicles".

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