Volkswagen Testing its Electric Car Mettle in the Mountains

VW teases EV racer for next year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

VW teases EV racer for next year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

An all-electric Pikes Peak race vehicle makes sense considering Volkswagen is pushing very hard towards electrification in wake of its massive diesel scandal.

Frank Welsch, development board member, says the challenge of Pikes Peak will help VW develop electric technology that's up to the task.

To be equipped with what Welsch describes as "innovative battery and drive technology", the new VW vehicle is to be driven at next year's Pikes Peak race by Roman Dumas, the event's 2014, 2016 and 2017 overall victor, according to insiders familiar with the automaker's plans. "We are developing an all-electric race vehicle for the first time", Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets said. "Our team is electrified about taking on this incredible challenge".

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"The Broadmoor PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile (19.99 km) public toll-road boasting 156 turns, while competitors climb 4,720 feet (1,440 meters) from the 9,390 feet (2,862 meters) Start Line at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 feet (4,300 meters) Finish Line at the mountain's summit". "It is high time for a rematch", Smeets continued.

The global climb has run since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs, US. "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".

VW hopes the all-wheel-drive prototype, which is now in the development phase, will set a new record for electric cars when it competes in the event, located in the USA state of Colorado, in June next year. VW's entry in the grueling event will be an all-wheel-drive model whose aim is to set a new record for electric cars.

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