Board member Frank Welsch said: "The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world's most renowned vehicle races". 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.
Dr Frank Welsch, VW Board Member for Development said "The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world's most renowned auto races". So between a fully-paved road (finished in 2011) and improvements in electric vehicle technology, times have been tumbling recently and electric cars and motorcycles are setting extremely good times. "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 new prototype is the first electric race auto to be developed by Volkswagen Motorsport. The new motorsport project is part of Volkswagen's process of transforming itself into the leading producer of electric vehicles. "Our team is electrified about taking on this incredible challenge". Dr. Welsch is the member of VW's board responsible for development. "It is high time for a rematch", Smeets continued. Unlike internal combustion engines, EVs don't suffer any drop in power as they climb from 4,750 feet (1,440m) up to the finish above the tree line at 14,100 feet (4,300m).
The race has been held each year since 1916 near Colorado Springs, Colorado and the course is 12.4 miles long and has 156 turns.More news: United Kingdom retail sales sink in September, reversing August gains
VW hopes the all-wheel-drive prototype, which is now in the development phase, will set a new record for electric cars when it competes in the event, located in the USA state of Colorado, in June next year.
Next year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb will take place on June 24.
The electric race auto forms one part of the firm's plans to transform itself into the "leading producer of electric vehicles".