VW To Return To Pikes Peak Hill Climb With Extreme New Race Car

Volkswagen Motorsport has released a handful of teaser images which suggest something interesting is in the works.

The company is keeping details a secret but tagged the posts with “#UnfinishedBusiness #ChallengeReloaded #1Score2settle #VW.” Those same tags appeared in a later post showing the company’s 1987 run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

The video goes on to suggest the car will compete in the 2018 Pikes Peak Hill Climb which takes place on June 24th. For those unfamiliar with Volkswagen’s 1987 attempt, the company ran a unique Golf which was equipped with two different 1.8-liter engines. Despite an impressive showing, the car developed problems and had to retire.

While Volkswagen is staying quiet, Autocar is reporting the car could have an electric powertrain. Nothing is official but the teaser images don’t appear to show any air intakes and this could back up their theory.

The teaser images look unlike anything in Volkswagen’s lineup so it appears the car will be a purpose-built racer instead of being based on an existing model. The images also show the car will have an extremely aerodynamic exterior with a domed cockpit and a large rear wing.

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Pikes Peak 2018#VW at the #PikesPeak mountain race in Colorado Springs/USA – updates to follow. #UnfinishedBusiness #ChallengeReloaded #1Score2settlePosted by Volkswagen Motorsport on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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  • OdysseyTag

    Silhouette kinda reminds me of a W12 Nardo.

    • Antonio

      You read my mind!

  • Elmediterraneo

    Finally Volkswagen will show them on their soil who’s the boss after dieselgate’s humiliation. I’m pretty sure that other US carmakers do that same kind of shit but since Volkswagen is the European number 1 they’ve bashed them to destroy their reputation in the world.

    • Cupboi

      Lol. “They might be corrupt as hell, but because i like them and i think (without evidence) that everyone does the same crap, i guess that makes it ok.”

      • Vassilis

        It doesn’t make it OK but the fact – and it is a fact – the US government threw the book at them while doing much less to GM that actually killed people says a lot. Also, for some reason, they’re fine with heavily-polluting pick-up trucks but VW cars are only killing their environment. It’s really easy to see the hypocrisy in the whole thing.

  • fabri99

    I feared their motorsport involvement would pay the price of the dieselgate scandal, but I’m very happy to see them back on track, and with something new too!

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