It has been a very long time since VW competed on Pikes Peak.
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 posed by Pikes Peak will give us important feedback that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our products and their technologies", he continued.
Frank Welsch, development board member, says the challenge of Pikes Peak will help VW develop electric technology that's up to the task.More news: North Korea turns to Australia for support against Trump in rare letter
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Featuring an oversized front splitter and rear wing, the all-wheel prototype has been produced by Volkswagen Motorsport as part of VW's newly focused development of electric vehicles.
The global climb has run since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs, US. "Our team is literally electrified about taking on this incredible challenge", Smeets continued. It's a famously unforgiving race, as cars climb a 156-turn, 12.42 mile-long (20km) track which also spans almost a vertical mile (4,720ft/1,440m) and averages a 7.2% vertical grade. 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. VW is presenting details about the racer quite a while ahead of the actual event - set to take place on June 24, 2018.
The German brand has been teasing the new electric racer in a series of tweets, using the hashtags #UnfinishedBusiness and #ChallengeReloaded.