Volkswagen’s Pikes Peak Record – 7 minutes 57.148 seconds

History has been made at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Volkswagen have powered to a new all-time record with the I.D. R Pikes Peak racing car.

Romain Dumas defeated a field including cars with conventional drivetrain technology and made history driving the 500-kW (680 PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak. Dumas not only broke the previous record for electric vehicles, but also smashed Sébastien Loeb’s previous record from 2013 – by a massive 16 seconds.

Recall Announced for 2018 Polo for Seat Belt Issues

Recall Announced for 2018 Polo for Seat Belt Issues

Volkswagen has confirmed a technical issue has been identified on the new Polo (model year 2018). There is the possibility that in rare situations (e.g. sudden quick lane changes with five passengers on board) and when the rear center seat and the rear left seat are occupied at the same time, the left seat belt lock could be unintentionally released.

Car Hacking Concerns Over Golf GTE Infotainment System

Car Hacking Concerns Over Golf GTE Infotainment System

Security researchers at a Dutch cyber-security firm, Computest, have discovered that the in-vehicle infotainment system in the Golf GTE along with other models from the Volkswagen Group has a weakness that can be exploited over WiFi.

The two researchers that discovered the flaw, Daan Keuper and Thijs Alkemade, described how they have successfully tested their findings on a Golf GTE and an Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. They explained how they use the car’s WiFi connection to gain access to the Harman infotainment system via an exposed software component.