VW to compete at Pikes Peak hill climb with all-electric race vehicle

VW to compete at Pikes Peak hill climb with all-electric race vehicle

It poses an enormous challenge and is excellently suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies", said Welsch, adding, "The extreme stress test on Pikes Peak will give us important findings that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our produces and their technologies.

Plus, the last time VW attempted the Pikes Peak hill climb, things didn't go quite as well as it had hoped. In 2015 the overall victor, beating the times of even combustion engine cars, was driver Rhys Millen in a specially designed electric race vehicle from Latvian company Drive eO.

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

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is run over a course of 19.9km in a climb from 1440 metres to a summit of 4300 metres above sea level. "It is high time for a rematch", said Sven Smeets, VW's head of motorsports.

Currently, under development at the carmaker's Wolfsburg headquarters, VW Motorsport is leading the effort, cooperating closely with the Technical Development department.

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Featuring a fighter jet-styled canopy on top of a curvaceous body, the fully electric racing vehicle is being developed by Volkswagen's motorsport division with assistance from the company's technical development centre in Wolfsburg. The VW electric race vehicle faces a tough challenge as it must beat a time of 8 minutes 57.118 seconds, set in 2016 by Rhys Millen.

"The project is also an important milestone in our new motorsport orientation".

Electric vehicles have shown great success in recent years at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. "Our team is literally electrified about taking on this incredible challenge".

The last time Volkswagen was in Colorado to attend the challenging Pikes Peak event was in 1987 with a bonkers twin-engined Golf, with one engine driving the front wheels and the other powering the rear axle.

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