Volkswagen all-electric racer to tackle Pikes Peak

VW Pikes Peak teaser

The rear wing suggests that like most Pikes Peak racercars, the aero package will be aggressive, but if VW is eyeing the electric, or even the overall, hill climb record it will need to be.

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

Volkswagen hasn't revealed many details about its vehicle, other than a shadowy image of the giant-winged coupe and the fact that it is all-wheel-drive, which likely means it has at least one electric motor at each axle. "It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore excellently suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies", said Dr. "The extreme stress test on Pikes Peak will give us important findings that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our products and their technologies", he continued. So between a fully-paved road (finished in 2011) and improvements in electric vehicle technology, times have been tumbling recently and electric cars and motorcycles are setting extremely good times. The fastest time on record up the mountain was set by Sébastien Loeb in a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer running the unlimited class back in 2013. Volkswagen Motorsport last participated in the Pikes Peak mountain race in 1987 with a spectacular twin-engined Golf which barely missed finishing. Frank Welsch, a member of the board responsible for development.

The worldwide climb has run since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs, US. "Our team is electrified about taking on this incredible challenge".

The current record for EV prototypes is 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds and was set by driver Rhys Millen in 2016. The last time VW Motorsport took part in the 12.4-mile race that climbs 4,700 feet to the summit at just over 14,000 above sea level was 30 years ago.

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