"The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world's most renowned auto races". It has been a very long time since VW competed on Pikes Peak.
Volkswagen is set to return to Pikes Peaks in 2018, with teaser images showing an aggressive looking all-electric prototype competition vehicle. "It poses an enormous challenge and (is) excellently suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies", Welsch says. "Our electric race auto will be equipped with an innovative battery and drive technology. We are developing an all-electric race vehicle for the first time", added Sven Smeets, director of Volkswagen Motorsport. "The project is also an important milestone in our new motorsport orientation". While VW group has been involved in electrified racing before, with the Audi Formula E team and with several wins from Audi's retired hybrid Le Mans auto, the Volkswagen brand hasn't yet undertaken electric racing on their own. "It is high time for a rematch", Smeets continued.
Volkswagen's development boss has pushed for the Pike's Peak challenger to be the trailblazer that gives credibility to its ZEV fleet.
The current record for EV prototypes is 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds and was set by driver Rhys Millen in 2016.
Next year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb will take place on June 24. 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.
VW is using the 2018 Pikes Peak entry to highlight its push to become a leading manufacturer of electric-powered production models following the fallout from its entanglement in a scandal over diesel-emissions-test manipulation.