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2018-06-25 13:20

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7m 57.148s minutes – Volkswagen’s electric racing car sets a new overall record
Romain Dumas betters Sébastien Loeb’s record by 16 seconds
ID R Pikes Peak: the sporty forerunner of the new, fully-electric I.D family

Volkswagen and the ID R Pikes Peak have made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving the 500kW ID R Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas defeated a field including cars with conventional drivetrain technology.

In doing so, he not only broke the previous record for electric vehicles, but also bettered Sebastien Loeb’s all-time record from 2013 – by a full 16 seconds. Dumas’ new record of 7m57.148s minutes is now top of the list of Pikes Peak champions, which includes such acclaimed drivers as Loeb, Walter Röhrl, Michele Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, Nobuhiro Tajima and also Rod Millen and his son Rhys.

“The ID R Pikes Peak is the sporty forerunner of Volkswagen’s I.D. family. Today, we saw what this technology is capable of,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for “Technical Development”.

“Every Volkswagen employee can be extremely proud of today’s result. I congratulate the team from the bottom of my heart. With a combination of outstanding engineering skills, passion and commitment, the team has managed to create a fantastic racing car in just eight months. The Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak has now set the fastest time in the history of this hill climb, which spans more than 100 years – that speaks volumes for electric mobility.”

I.D. R Pikes Peak sets technological benchmarks

19.99km, 156 corners, just one attempt – and a successful one: Romain Dumas claimed his fourth overall victory at the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which has now been held 96 times since 1916. With the ID R Pikes Peak, Volkswagen has created an extraordinary racing car, specifically tailored to the demands of the most famous of hill climbs: a combination of minimum weight, as much downforce as possible, and maximum power, designed to achieve the best possible performance. Including its battery cells, the ID R Pikes Peak weighs less than 1100kg.

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