VW teases EV racer for next year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Oct 21 2017
And despite being relatively short (especially when compared to the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race), there are few tougher challenges than the Pikes Peak hill climb. The best EV motorcycle time is within just a few seconds of the fastest gas motorcycle time ever, and the electric vehicle lap record is faster than any other auto category except the "unlimited" prototype category (in which the record is held by legendary rally driver Sebastian Loeb driving the 1,929lb/875kg, 875hp Peugeot 208 T16 Pike's Peak). Old news. Volkswagen is taking on a much bigger challenge by creating an electric racer designed for the Pikes Peak hillclimb challenge.
According to VW Media, "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 extreme stress test on Pikes Peak will give us important findings that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our products and their technologies". "We are developing an all-electric race vehicle for the first time", added Sven Smeets, director of Volkswagen Motorsport.
"It is high time for a rematch", says Smeets.
The race has been held each year since 1916 near Colorado Springs, Colorado and the course is 12.4 miles long and has 156 turns. The current record in the class of electric prototypes is 8 minutes 57.118 seconds, which was set by U.S. driver Rhys Millen in 2016. The short bonnet alludes to the lack of a combustion engine ahead of the driver, but with VW's increased dedication to electric vehicles, we suspect that the auto in these images could well be electrified. By 2025, VW has set its sights on offering 23 all-electrics, making it the leading producer of electric vehicles in the industry.