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Pikes Peak bans motorbikes from taking part in 2020 hillclimb

Organisers of the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb have ruled that next year’s event will not include motorbikes while “analysis for long-term viability is conducted”.

Electric VW breaks Heidfeld’s 20-year old Goodwood record

The Volkswagen ID.R electric prototype has broken the 20-year-old record set by a McLaren Formula 1 car for the fastest run up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb.

Volkswagen guns for outright Goodwood record with electric ID.R

Volkswagen aims to break the 20-year-old Formula 1-established overall Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb record with its updated ID.R electric prototype, says its motorsport boss Sven Smeets.

Motorbike racer Carlin Dunne killed in Pikes Peak Hillclimb crash

Four-time Pikes Peak Hillclimb motorbike class winner Carlin Dunne was killed in Sunday’s 97th edition of the race. He was 36.

Dunlop confirmed for S100, misses Pikes Peak after rally injury

Multiple Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop will return to the Isle of Man’s Southern 100 races in a fortnight's time, despite suffering a “serious” injury in a Rally Donegal crash that will mean he misses this weekend’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb in the USA.

VW’s electric Pikes Peak star to take on ‘Road to Heaven’

The all-electric Volkswagen ID. R will take on a new challenge in September when Romain Dumas, who last year smashed the outright record at Pikes Peak, will drive Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road in China, known locally as the ‘Road to Heaven’.

Top Stories of 2018, #20: Electric VW shatters Pikes Peak record begins its annual countdown of the biggest stories in racing with a look back to a milestone achieved at one of America’s oldest events.

Volkswagen I.D. R won't return to Pikes Peak

Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets has confirmed the Pikes Peak record-smashing I.D. R could be developed for new projects next season – but the car won't be going back to Colorado to defend its title.

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The next peak for Volkswagen to conquer

Volkswagen returned to motorsport and smashed the Pikes Peak record. The manufacturer has proved it can develop exciting electric car technology, which it could bring to further prominence in another series in 2020.

VW I.D. R smashes Goodwood electric hillclimb record

Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. R has smashed the official Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb record for EVs, beating the existing time by 3.5 seconds.

Pruett escapes Lexus fire at Goodwood

Sportscar racing veteran Scott Pruett escaped unharmed from a fire at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday that engulfed his Lexus RCF GT3.

Porsche declined shot at McLaren's Goodwood record

Porsche turned down the chance to go for the Goodwood hillclimb record behind closed doors with its 919 Hybrid Evo prior to this weekend's Festival of Speed.

Volkswagen targets Goodwood record with Pikes Peak car

Volkswagen has entered the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb with its all-electric I.D. R that smashed Sebastien Loeb’s outright Pikes Peak record last month.

The electrifying story of VW's Pikes Peak assault

After departing the WRC at the end of 2016, Volkswagen concentrated on customer racing projects. Last Sunday it made a record-breaking return to factory competition - but that wasn't its first aim at Pikes Peak.

Dumas shatters Pikes Peak record in electric VW

Volkswagen’s electric I.D. R has smashed Sebastien Loeb’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb record – with Romain Dumas becoming the first driver to make the 12.42-mile course in under eight minutes.

Dumas: One-shot challenge of Pikes Peak “harder” than Le Mans

Volkswagen’s Romain Dumas says the challenge of Pikes Peak Hillclimb eclipses every other event he’s contested – including the 24-hour races at Le Mans, Spa and the Nurburgring.

Dumas sets Pikes Peak qualifying pace in electric VW

Romain Dumas and the brand new, all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R set the fastest time in qualifying on Wednesday, ahead of the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Explained: Volkswagen's all-electric Pikes Peak challenge 

This weekend Volkswagen becomes the latest major motorsport name to tackle the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, but it's doing so with an electric car.

Dumas: Electric VW the best car I've driven at Pikes Peak

Triple Pikes Peak winner Romain Dumas says his 2018 entry – Volkswagen’s I.D. R – is the best car he’s ever driven up the Colorado mountain.

VW reveals electric-powered Pikes Peak contender

Volkswagen has revealed the I.D. R, its challenger for a record-breaking run up this year’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

Volkswagen releases first images of electric Pikes Peak car

Volkswagen has released the first images of its new all-electric racing car, the German firm's challenger for this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Dumas chosen for Volkswagen's electric Pikes Peak project

Volkswagen has picked two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and factory Porsche GT driver Romain Dumas as the driver for its Pikes Peak electric car project.

Electric Pikes Peak car key to Volkswagen's motorsport future

Volkswagen's electric Pikes Peak car is key to its motorsport future, and could lead to a full factory return to competition in the World Rallycross Championship's planned electric class.

Volkswagen targets Pikes Peak record with all-new electric car

Volkswagen Motorsport has taken aim at the Pikes Peak record for an electric vehicle and will climb the Colorado mountain with an all-new race car in June next year.