The VW I.D. R Pikes Peak has hit an all-time record at the legendary Pikes Peak hill climb. It was the first electric car to ever win the race ahead of all conventional race cars. A true coup for Volkswagen and their 500 kW strong lowlaying bully.
Romain Dumas managed to race the 19.99 kilometres long course with its 156 extremely steep curves in exactly 7:57,148 minutes – a result that rings in a new era in the race. The Frenchman not only secured victory in the electric vehicle category but beat all conventionally powered cars on top.
Dumas was 16 seconds faster than the old record set by Sébastien Loeb in 2013 and this is Romain commenting on his record-breaking ride: “Awesome! We exceeded even our own high expectations with that result. Since this week’s tests, we have known that it was possible to break the all-time record. For it to come off, everything had to come together perfectly – from the technology to the driver. And the weather had to play ball too. That everything ran so smoothly is an incredible feeling, and the new record on Pikes Peak is the icing on the cake. I still cannot believe that Volkswagen and my name are behind this incredible time. The I.D. R Pikes Peak is the most impressive car I have ever driven in competition.”
Volkswagen designed the I.D. R Pikes Peak specifically for the challenging hill climb. The racer can go from 0 to 100 kph in 2.25 seconds, faster than any Formula 1 or Formula E racer out there, according to VW. Such speed comes from two electric motors that combine for 500 kW power and a permanent four-wheel drive with 650 Nm of torque for an electric car that weighs less than 1,100 kilos including the driver.
Looks like all that engineering has paid off. Congratulations!
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