Sven Smeets interview ahead of Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Sven Smeets interview ahead of Pikes Peak Hill Climb

22.06.2018: Three questions for ... Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB Mr Smeets, Volkswagen is returning to Pikes Peak with the I.D. R Pikes Peak, 31 years after its last appearance there. Why with an electric


Three questions for Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director

 PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB



Mr Smeets, Volkswagen is returning to Pikes Peak with the I.D. R Pikes Peak, 31 years after its last appearance there. Why with an electric car?




Our brand has devoted itself to electric mobility. For us, taking part on Pikes Peak is an outstanding opportunity to bring this idea to life with a racing car, before the first range of Volkswagen models with electric drivetrains is launched in 2020.



Plus, there is obviously still this blemish in our history, since failing to finish in 1987. We want to return, win and break the record for electric vehicles.




The record currently stands at 8:57.118 minutes. What time is a realistic target for you?


Any time under 8:57 minutes would be a success for us. We are really optimistic about the race. However, we must always bear in mind that we only have one single shot at it. Everything must come together – the driver, the car, the weather, absolutely everything.




In your opinion, what is it that makes the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb so special?


Nowhere else in the world will you find a race like this. It is a public road, which is still open to normal traffic up until the Sunday of the race. That comes with its own challenges. Practice and qualifying take place from 05:30 to 08:30, so you have no choice but to get up early.



And then there is the mountain itself, of course: 1,440 metres in elevation and 156 corners, spread over a distance of 19.99 kilometres. You really have to see it for yourself.




Andre Dietzel, Ingo Roersch, photos Volkswagen

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