Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Volkswagen has torn the Pikes Peak record to shreds

Volkswagen has torn the Pikes Peak record to shreds

While only the lucky few can get themselves inside the I.D.

The previous record of 8:13.878 was set in 2013 by Sébastien Loeb in a modified Peugeot 208 rally auto generating 875 horsepower.

The Frenchman completed the course in the fully electric prototype from Volkswagen in a time of 7m57.148s, the first person to complete the 19.9km course in under 8 minutes, a clear 16 seconds faster than the previous record of 8m13.878s set by Sebastian Loeb in a 3.2-litre twin-turbo Peugeot 208 back in 2013.

Volkswagen has made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, claiming outright victory at the 96th running of the iconic "Race to the Clouds" with the specially developed I.D.

Following Dumas up the hill some 25 cars later, Rhys Millen set a new production SUV record when his Bentayga W12 crossed the finishing line 10min 49.902secs after setting off.

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The Frenchman's achievement and that of Volkswagen Motorsport comes off the back of seven months of intense work to build and test the I.D R Pikes Peak vehicle. "Every employee involved in the Pikes Peak project has constantly had to push their boundaries and show extreme commitment and dedication". Including its battery cells, the ID R Pikes Peak weighs less than 1100kg.

Electricity for the I.D.

The Pike Peak track climbs 4,720 feet (1,440 metres) to a finish 14,110 feet (4,300 metres) above sea level, where cars twist around 156 turns, battling the thin air at the top of the mountain.

Volkswagen came, it saw, and it conquered Pikes Peak.

"We exceeded even our own high expectations with that result", said Dumas. Since this week's tests, we have known that it was possible to break the all-time record. R up Pikes Peak in seven minutes and 57 seconds. And the weather had to play ball too. A by-product of the manufacture of biodiesel, for example, Glycerol combusts with virtually no harmful exhaust fumes or residues. I still can not believe that Volkswagen and my name are behind this incredible time.

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