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Volk­swa­gen is de­vel­op­ing an all-elec­tric race car for the world’s most renowned moun­tain race. The all-wheel drive pro­to­type is sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in the Pikes Peak In­ter­na­tional Hill Climb in 2018. Its goal: to set a new record for elec­tric cars at the fin­ish line, which is at 4,300 me­tres el­e­va­tion. The new mo­tor­sport project is part of Volk­swa­gen’s process of trans­form­ing it­self into the lead­ing pro­ducer of elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Volk­swa­gen Mo­tor­sport is de­vel­op­ing the ve­hi­cle in close co­op­er­a­tion with Tech­ni­cal De­vel­op­ment in Wolfs­burg. Volk­swa­gen Mo­tor­sport last par­tic­i­pated in the Pikes Peak moun­tain race in 1987 with a spec­tac­u­lar twinengined Golf that topped the timing sheets be­fore a bro­ken sus­pen­sion ended its fi­nal run. “It is high time for a re­match,” says Sven Smeets, Volk­swa­gen Mo­tor­sport Director.

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