The works meeting at the Wolfsburg plant was a major event. Gunnar Kilian, Member of the Board of Management with functional responsibility for 'Human Resources and Organization', Bernd Osterloh, Chairman of the General and Group Works Councils of Volkswagen AG, and Oliver Blume, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, thanked the workforce for their commitment in the first half of 2018 and looked ahead to the future. However, another protagonist was in the limelight in Wolfsburg: the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak.
The battery-powered racing car, which made history this year with its record-breaking run at the iconic Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado Springs (USA), was on prominent display throughout the entire meeting and was an extremely popular photo opportunity for employees both before and after the official part of the event. A number of those responsible for the project were also in attendance.
Bernd Osterloh congratulated the entire team involved in the record-breaking run. Dr. Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management for Volkswagen Passenger Cars with responsibility for Technical Development, Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director, and I.D. R Pikes Peak driver Romain Dumas, who all attended the event, received a special mention, a gift hamper and a large round of applause.
Volkswagen has set two impressive records with the I.D. R Pikes Peak in recent months: On 24 June, Romain Dumas set a new all-time record of 7:57.148 minutes at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Just three weeks later, the 40-year-old set a new electric record of 43.86 seconds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the south of England.