The last time Volkswagen fielded a factory entry at the Pikes Peak hillclimb was . Right before the finish line, the car suffered a mechanical failure and retired from the race. VW announced today its plans to return to Pikes Peak, and this time, it's bringing an all-electric race car.
Volkswagen revealed it will be coming to Pikes Peak in 2018 with the hopes of breaking the record for fastest time up the 12.4 mile course. The car, shown above in a teaser image, will use an all-electric drivetrain, and from the looks of it, some serious aerodynamics.
The Mk2 Golf shown above was VW's last entry at the Pikes Peak hillclimb event. Complete with a longitudinally mounted turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine at each axle, it was able to produce an impressive 640 horsepower. After its unfortunate retirement, VW left the sport for 30 years, and is now vowing to return for a record-setting win in 2018.
Volkswagen hasn't revealed any sort of specs for its new Pikes Peak car, so we'll just have to continue staring at that teaser image until we learn more.
Here's some onboard footage from America's other greatest hillclimb event.