Volkswagen Aims For Pikes Peak Return To Motorsport

Added: 07 November 2017

Volkswagen Electric Car Prototype

Volkswagen Aims For Pikes Peak Return To Motorsport

After a series of tweets, Volkswagen have shared several teaser shots of a streamlined & contemporary electric-powered race car and have stated their intent to return to Pikes Peak in 2018. The four-wheel drive car was revealed on Twitter alongside the hashtag #UnfinishedBusiness, referencing Volkswagen’s previous attempts on the International Hill Climb in 1986 and 1987.

Frank Welsch, Volkswagen’s Head of Research and Development, said: “The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races. It poses an enormous challenge and is excellently suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies. 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.”

Following the diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen are keen to highlight their focus on being a leading manufacturer of electric powered vehicles and have since increased their presence at Formula E, the all-electric racing championships and are now set to take on the Pikes Peak challenge with an electric vehicle. The car will be driven by the 2014, 2016 and 2017 overall winner, Romain Dumas. Dumas drove a 2.20-litre four-cylinder Honda Norma MXX RD Limited in the 2017 race, with a time of 9 minutes and 05.672 seconds.

Sven Smeets, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport, said that Pikes Peak is “an important milestone in the company’s new motorsport orientation” as the car is the first electric race car to be produced by the company.

The current record for the fastest hill climb at Pikes Peak is held by Sebastien Loeb, who set the record in 2014 driving a Peugeot 208 T16. The International Hill Climb is run over a course of 12.4 miles to ascend to 4300 metres above sea level. The record set for an electric car prototype is 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds, held by Rhys Millen who was driving a Toyota-sponsored vehicle in 2016.

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