Volkswagen Has a Score to Settle at Pikes Peak

Thursday, 19 Oct, 2017

VW hopes the all-wheel-drive prototype, which is now in the development phase, will set a new record for electric cars when it competes in the event, located in the USA state of Colorado, in June next year.

Volkswagen has set its sights on outright victory at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018 with the development of a contemporary new electric powered race auto.

The automaker, which just started a major shift towards electric cars, is building an all-electric race vehicle aimed at setting a record at the famous Pikes Peak hill climb next year. The Pikes Peak International Hill climb is very long and grueling for drivers and cars. The current Pikes Peak hill climb record for a modified electric vehicle was set in 2016 by an e0 PP100 driven by Rhys Millen, completing the run in eight minutes and 57.118 seconds.

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.

Volkswagen Motorsport is collaborating closely with the company's Technical Development arm to produce the auto. The engineers involved in the project must come up with an EV that in the hands of a skilled driver will have to complete the hill climb in less than the 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds needed by Rhys Millen and his e0 PP100 past year. The course features 5720ft of elevation, averaging a 7.2% gradient, and finishes at the 14,110ft mountain summit. There's even a teaser video, but that one doesn't include any details about the upcoming racer, only a reminder that VW is not heading up hill for the first time.

Volkswagen last competed at Pikes Peak in 1987 with a 480kW twin-engined Golf sporting 1.8-litre engines up front and at the rear.