Volkswagen will not return to Pikes Peak for a new recordSeptember 12, 2018
The company will focus on new projects, but will follow the achievements of other manufacturers
Volkswagen does not intend to return to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb race and improve its own record for high-speed climbing the mountain. Instead, the manufacturer will improve the electric sports prototype I.D. R to participate in a new project – which is not yet reported.
The decision was made not to return to Pikes Peak in an interview with Motorsport.com, the head of the Volkswagen Motorsport factory department, Sven Smeets, said: “We discussed this issue with the marketing communications department, and I fully understand that if we go back to improve the record, rain, then there will be no exhaust from it. ”
At the same time, Smetes emphasizes that the company will closely monitor the attempts to improve the record time. If someone can beat him, I.D. R will definitely return to the mountain in Colorado to set a new record. Now the management of Volkswagen Motorsport is considering several options for further use of the sports prototype, but a final decision on this issue has not yet been made.
In June, Romain Dumas was driving the electric prototype of Volkswagen I.D. R set a new absolute record of the race “Pikes Peak”. The French pilot rode the track in seven minutes and 57.148 seconds – 16 seconds faster than the time, which in 2013 showed the nine-time world champion in rallying Sebastien Loeb on the 875-hp prototype Peugeot 208 T16.