Volkswagen Developing All-Electric Race Car For 2018

Volkswagen is now working on the development of an all-electric race car to compete at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb set to take place on June 28th in Colorado, the company has revealed.

Volkswagen is reportedly aiming to set a new record for all-electric cars during the event — which finishes some 14,000 feet above sea level, as a reminder. The vehicle is being developed by Volkswagen Motorsport in close cooperation with Technical Development in Wolfsburg.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – which is also know as 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 New Zealander driver Rhys Millen (e0 PP100) in 2016.