Volkswagen Is Building an Electric Race Car for Pikes Peak

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In collaboration with its technology development team in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen is going all-out in building an all-electric sports auto to compete at the Pikes Peak high-altitude race in Colorado in June 2018. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Volkswagen announced that they are throwing an all-new electric race vehicle into the ring, er, on the racetrack. Dr. Welsch is the member of VW's board responsible for development. VW's EV racer is all-wheel drive and promises to be fitted with innovative battery and drive technology. "We are developing an all-electric race vehicle for the first time", Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets said.

To do that, the comically winged Volkswagen will need to climb 1440 metres to the top of the peak in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. "Our team is literally electrified about taking on this incredible challenge", Smeets continued. "The extreme stress test posed by Pikes Peak will give us important feedback that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our products and their technologies". The record for completing the course by an electric prototype is eight minutes, 57.18 seconds, a record set by USA driver Rhys Millen a year ago. Unlike internal combustion engines, EVs don't suffer any drop in power as they climb from 4,750 feet (1,440m) up to the finish above the tree line at 14,100 feet (4,300m).

It's been more than three decades since VW have taken on the Race to the Clouds, so doing it with an electric vehicle will be quite the comeback, as well as a statement on how the brand has progressed.



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