Three decades ago – when some of the brand’s fans weren’t even born – VW took the challenge of the iconic Pikes Peak hill climb with a Golf that featured two engines… but failed at the attempt.
Now the automaker is back with a vengeance… of the electric variety. After revealing an initial teaser image, VW is back with a more revealing depiction of its intended race car that will most likely hit the unlimited class of the 2018 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The EV racer is decidedly built with a sole purpose – thunder up the course as fast as possible – with huge splitter up front and massive wing at the back. VW is presenting details about the racer quite a while ahead of the actual event – set to take place on June 24, 2018.
Last time VW was in Colorado for an attempt was back in 1987 when it came with a crazy twin-engined Golf, one for each axle – but the creation did not finish the race so VW is getting ready “for a rematch.” The fully electric racer is being envisioned by Volkswagen Motorsport with assistance from the company’s technical development center from Wolfsburg, Germany. The current EV record stands tall at 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds, posted by Rhys Millen and his e0 PP100 in 2016. Additionally, the overall record belongs to Sébastien Loeb and his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak that in 2013 nailed a time of 8 minutes and 13.878 seconds.