VW to return to Pikes Peak with radical electric racecar

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It seems Volkswagen’s motorsport division has been busy since ending its dominant run within the World Rally Championship on the shut of the 2016 season.

The German automaker has confirmed it is going to be returning to the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb in 2018. Together with the affirmation, the automaker dropped a collection of teaser pictures of its new electrical racecar developed particularly for the problem.

The final time VW was at Pikes Peak was in 1987. Driving a beast of automobile derived from a humble Golf, Jochi Kleint got here near tasting general victory however was pressured to retire just a few corners from the end when his automobile suffered mechanical points. The honors that yr ended up with Walter Röhrl in an Audi Sport Quattro E2.

VW’s newest entry will compete in Pikes Peak’s Electrical Modified Class, by which VW goals to set a document time. The one different element now we have is that the automobile will characteristic all-wheel drive. VW says it’s utilizing the race as probability to show its expertise within the harshest of situations.

“The Pikes Peak hill climb is among the world’s most famous automobile races,” Frank Welsch, improvement head for the VW model, stated in assertion. “It poses an infinite problem and is due to this fact completely suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming applied sciences.”

The brand new motorsport venture is only one a part of VW’s efforts to rework itself into the main producer of electrical automobiles, submit the diesel scandal. Recall, the automaker is closely targeted on electrical automobiles and expects to have 23 obtainable by 2025.

The 2018 Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb is at the moment scheduled for June 24.

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