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Published on October 30th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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VW wants to win at Pikes Peak with this car  

Volkswagen is developing an all-electric race car for the world’s most renowned mountain race. The all-wheel drive prototype is scheduled to be at the start of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA on 24 June 2018. Its goal: to set a new record for electric cars at the finish line which is at 4,300 metres elevation. The new motorsport project is part of Volkswagen’s process of transforming itself into the leading producer of electric vehicles. By 2025, the Volkswagen brand will be offering 23 all-electric models.

The vehicle is being developed by Volkswagen Motorsport in close cooperation with Technical Development in Wolfsburg.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which insiders also call the ‘Race to the clouds’ has been run since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs. The race course is 19.99 kilometres long, and it climbs 1,440 metres to the summit at 4,300 metres above sea level. The current record in the class of electric prototypes is 8 minutes 57.118 seconds, which was set by US driver Rhys Millen in 2016.


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