Romain Dumas betters Sebastien Loeb’s record by 16 seconds as VW makes history
Pune: Volkswagen and the I.D. R Pikes Peak on Sunday made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Driving the 500-kW, Romain Dumas defeated a field including cars with conventional drivetrain technology and not only broke the previous record for electric vehicles, but also bettered fekkoq Frenchman Sébastien Loeb’s all-time record from 2013 - by a full 16 seconds.
Dumas’ new record of 7m 57.148s minutes is now top of the list of Pikes Peak champions, which includes such acclaimed drivers as Loeb, Walter Röhrl, Michèle Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, Nobuhiro Tajima, also Rod Millen and his son Rhys.
“The I.D. 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 with responsibility for “Technical Development”.
The Volkswagen I.D. 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.”
The 19.99 kilometres, 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 I.D. 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 I.D. R Pikes Peak weighs less than 1,100 kilograms. When evaluating performance, Volkswagen employed simulation software to calculate exactly how to achieve the optimum in energy demand and performance for the record attempt on Pikes Peak.
Record behind record
A mere 250 days passed between the announcement and the start of the Pikes Peak project on 18 October 2017 and the record-breaking run on Pikes Peak on 24 June 2018. This was an extremely sporty remit for the development of a thoroughbred prototype, including innovative fully-electric drive technology, specific demands on the batteries, aerodynamics and chassis.