Volkswagen confirms Pikes Peak entry with electric racer

Doris Richards
October 19, 2017

Volkswagen sets sights on glory at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018 with the development of a new electric-powered race auto, says Frank Welsch, the German automaker's R&D chief.

Featuring a fighter jet-styled canopy on top of a curvaceous body, the fully electric racing auto is being developed by Volkswagen's motorsport division with assistance from the company's technical development centre in Wolfsburg. Along with the teaser images, there's a video that confirms VW will compete at next year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb because it still has a score to settle. "It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore perfectly suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies", explains Volkswagen board member Frank Welsch. "Our electric race auto will be equipped with innovative battery and drive technology. 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". 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.


The new prototype is the first electric race auto to be developed by Volkswagen Motorsport.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been held annually since 1916 in the Rocky Mountains. "Our team is literally electrified about taking on this incredible challenge". VW failed a run up the Pikes Peak in 1987 with a twin-engined GTI - with the insane hatchback using separate powerplants for each axle in a bid to deliver the best possible AWD layout. "It is high time for a rematch", continues Smeets.

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