Volkswagen wants its new electric car to be fastest up legendary Pikes Peak hillclimb route in 2018.
Volkswagen has revealed an image of its race car scheduled to take part next year in the Pikes Peak international hill climb. With a massive splitter up front and a gigantic wing at the back, the electric racer looks fast even when standing still. For the moment, we only have this shadowy render to go by, but it’s enough to give us a reason to wait for next year’s hillclimb, set to take place on 24 June.
The last time Volkswagen was in Colorado to attend the challenging Pikes Peak event was in 1987 with a bonkers twin-engined Golf, with one engine driving the front wheels and the other powering the rear axle. It tried, but failed as the all-wheel-drive creation did not finish the hillclimb. Now VW is getting ready 'for a rematch'.
Featuring a fighter jet-styled canopy on top of a curvaceous body, the fully electric racing car is being developed by Volkswagen's motorsport division with assistance from the company’s technical development centre in Wolfsburg. The project's engineers must come up with an EV that can climb the course in less than the 8:57.1 needed by Rhys Millen and his e0 PP100 last year.
The Pikes Peak international hillclimb is one of the most famous annual racing events and it dates back to 1916 when the first race was organised in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs. Those courageous enough to tackle the hillclimb have to cover a 12.4-mile race course and tackle no less than 156 turns en route to the summit located at 4,300m above sea level.
As a final note, Sebastien Loeb holds the outright record after finishing the course in 8:13.9 in 2013 with a purpose-built Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.