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  • Volkswagen teases all-electric race car for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb <p>Volkswagen is announcing a return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018, driving a custom-built four-wheel-drive all-electric race car. It will have been 31 years since Volkswagen's last attempt at that race, in that case with a highly modified VW Golf that failed to reach the finish line. Pikes Peak is a very dangerous race course, climbing up to the top of the 14,000+ foot Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs CO. As you might expect, the course includes many stretches of road carved literally out of a cliff face, and a single mistake can send a racer plunging down a thousand-foot high cliff.</p> <p>In recent years electric vehicles have made a significant showing. <a href="https://longtailpipe.com/2015/06/28/electric-cars-take-1-2-in-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-electric-bikers-do-well-too/">In 2015 electric cars won outright, taking both 1st and 2nd place</a>. <a href="http://www.electricracenews.com/2013/07/lightning-motorcycles-makes-motorsports.html">In 2012, Lightning Motorcycles won the motorcycle field outright, beating the entire motorcycle field by 20 seconds</a>.</p> <p>Racing is one place where electric vehicles will prove themselves to the public. The stereotypical die-hard petrol-head fast-car-fanatic will need to see concretely that electric cars can serve their need-for-speed. To the extent that these people are influencers, the more who convert from fast-petrol-cars to fast-electric-cars the more successful will be this project of converting to electric vehicles.</p>