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Touareg V10 TDI will once again “Race to the Clouds”

Touareg V10 TDI will once again “Race to the Clouds”  
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Motorsport, Volkswagen
on 07/18/2007

Source: Volkswagen of America

Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced that the Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI will again “Race to the Clouds” at the 85th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. On July 21, 2007, professional drivers Ryan Arciero, Chris Blais and Mark Miller will set out to showcase high-performance Volkswagen diesel technology and precise German engineering with a powerful V10 TDI engine challenging the unique mountain driving conditions and reaching the finish line at the 14,100 foot summit.


The grueling, 12.4 mile Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a test of both the vehicle and the driver’s racing ability, with 4,700 feet of elevation gain and 156 hairpin turns on terrain that alternates between pavement and gravel—mostly without guardrails.

This year the Touareg V10 TDIs are entered in the High Performance Showroom Stock division, hoping to gain another division win to add to their 2006 Race to the Clouds success.

Already this year, off-road champion Mark Miller has had strong showings in a factory sponsored Volkswagen Touareg at the 2007 Dakar Rally and the 2007 SCORE Baja 500, posting top finishes for diesel-powered vehicles in both events. Miller has a successful record in off-road racing, including two Baja 500 and two Baja 1000 wins, and he set the fastest time (14 minutes, 8 seconds) in a Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI at last year’s Pikes Peak event.

Chris Blais will participate in his first Pikes Peak race. Blais is a factory motorcycle racer and a three-time Top 10 Dakar Rally finisher, recently placing third overall and becoming the top American finisher in the 2007 rally.

Ryan Arciero has 40 career wins, including three Baja 1000 and multiple Baja 500 championships, a Nevada 2000 Trophy Truck championship and a USAC “Rookie of the Year” title. This will be Arciero’s second trip to Pikes Peak with Volkswagen, having competed in a Touareg at Pikes Peak in 2006.

“This is a unique and extremely tough race,” said Miller. “However, the Touareg is expertly engineered to navigate the ever-changing terrain and to perform under the harshest of conditions the mountain can dish out.”

Many of the standard Touareg traction control functions will carry over into these race vehicles. The Touareg still will offer its 4XMotion all-wheel drive system, which provides superior traction control – a must-have on the challenging surfaces of Pikes Peak. Additional equipment includes Anti-slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, Engine Braking Assist, Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution, Electronic Stabilization Program with brake assist, and Hill Climb Assist.

The three Touareg V10 TDIs once again will be powered by ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) at Pikes Peak. This clean diesel fuel reduces emissions of sulfur compounds and permits the use of advanced emission control systems. In another display of innovation, the Touareg was the first light-duty vehicle in the U.S. to include a particulate filter that further reduces emissions.

“The Touareg is a great vehicle, fit for this tough race,” said Chris Blais. “I am really looking forward to my first Pikes Peak race and putting the Touareg through its paces.”

“Last year we proved that a stock Touareg was fully-capable as a multi-terrain vehicle, setting some impressive times,” said Arciero. “This year, we’re coming back with a Touareg that has been modified specifically for this event, so were confident that we’ll post even faster results.”

Volkswagen will race the Touareg at Pikes Peak with support from Red Bull, Castrol, Nitto Tires, Oakley, EOS Estate Winery and Arciero Miller Racing.



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