Volkswagen has set its sights on the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018 with the development of a contemporary electric-powered race car, the German company’s head of research and development, Frank Welsch, has confirmed.
Pictured here in a darkened image issued by Volkswagen, the four-wheel-drive car is being developed by Volkswagen Motorsport in co-operation with its technical development operations in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The 2018 Pikes Peak entry is being used by Volkswagen to highlight its push to become a leading manufacturer of electric-powered production models following the diesel emissions scandal.
“The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races. It poses an enormous challenge and excellently suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies,” said Welsch. “The extreme stress test on Pikes Peak will give us important findings that will benefit future development and it will showcase our produces and their technologies."
To be equipped with what Welsch described as “innovative battery and drive technology”, the car is set to be driven at next year’s event by the 2014, 2016 and 2017 overall victor, Romain Dumas, according to insiders with knowledge of Volkswagen's plans.