Volkswagen Motorsport aims to set new record for world’s most renowned mountain race
Volkswagen announced that its team is developing an all-electric race car for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA on June 24, 2018.
The all-wheel drive prototype is part of the company’s process of transforming itself into one of the leading producers of electric vehicles in 2025.
Developing the electric race car with Technical Development in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen Motorsport believes that Pikes Peak Hill Climb will pose an enormous challenge to its electric race car, excellently considering the race as the best event to test the capabilities of the technologies installed on its racing machine.
“The race on Pikes Peak is a new beginning for us. We are developing an all-electric race vehicle for the first time,” explains Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “The project is also an important milestone in our new motorsport orientation. Our team is electrified about taking on this incredible challenge.” Volkswagen Motorsport last participated in the Pikes Peak mountain race in 1987 with a spectacular twin-engined Golf which barely missed finishing. “It is high time for a rematch.”
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – which insiders also call the ‘Race to the clouds’ – has been running since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs. The race course is 19.99 kms long, and it climbs 1,440 meters to the summit at 4,300 meters above sea level.
The current record in the class of electric prototypes is 8:57.118, which was set by US driver Rhys Millen in 2016.