VW Electric Race Car and 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
As Volkswagen moves toward the electrification of its model lineup, they are taking their innovative EV technology to the racing realm. The German automaker has a prototype fully-electric race car in the works for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which will be held in the summer of 2018 in Colorado.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb — which is one of the planet’s most iconic mountain races, climbs from 4,700 feet, follows a course of 12.4 miles in length and culminates at Pikes Peak, with an elevation of over 14,000 feet. It’s been over 30 years since Volkswagen competed in the race, when it had a powerful twin-engine VW Golf making the climb in 1987. The prototype electric race car is impressive in its own right, with its cutting-edge battery and drivetrain. It looks to beat the previous Pikes Peak race record for electric prototypes, which was achieved last year with a time of just under nine minutes.
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Volkswagen and Electric Vehicles
Beyond the thrill of racing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Volkswagen is building the electric race car prototype to help further its goal to be one of the leading automakers for electric vehicle technology. They have a very ambitious timetable, with plans to have 23 fully-electric models available to consumers by 2025. Currently, Volkswagen offers the all-electric 2017 VW e-Golf, which delivers an impressive 214 lb-ft of torque from its 100 kW motor, which results in very fast acceleration. The new e-Golf has an EPA-estimated MPGe of 126 city/111 hwy and a range of up to 125 miles.
Over the past year, Volkswagen has unveiled some innovative concept electric vehicles. This includes the VW I.D. Buzz concept van, which combines classic styling cues from the iconic VW Bus with a multitude of state-of-the-art technologies. The I.D. CROZZ crossover SUV and the VW I.D. sedan also made their debuts at recent auto shows. Volkswagen is planning on releasing a production version of the I.D. Buzz in 2022.