Volkswagen is developing an all-electric race car for the world’s most famous mountain race, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, on 24 June 24, 2018.
The all-wheel-drive prototype’s goal is to set a new record for electric cars at the finish line, 14,000 feet above sea level.
The new motorsport project is part of Volkswagen’s process of transforming itself into the leading producer of electric vehicles. By 2025, the Volkswagen brand will already offer 23 all-electric models.
Volkswagen Motorsport is developing the vehicle in close cooperation with Technical Development in Wolfsburg. Volkswagen Motorsport last participated in the Pikes Peak mountain race in 1987 with a spectacular twin-engined Golf which barely missed finishing.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb —which insiders also call the ‘Race to the clouds’— has been run since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs.
The racecourse is 12.4 miles long, and it climbs 4,700 feet to the summit at just over 14,000 feet above sea level.
The current record in the class of electric prototypes is 8 minutes 57.118 seconds, set by Rhys Millen in 2016.