VW ID R electric racer smashes Pikes Peak record

by admin June 25, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Volkswagen has done it. The German automaker’s ID R electric race car has not only broken the record for electric cars in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it’s also broken the record for all classes by setting a blistering time of 7:57.148 during the 2018 running held on Sunday.

The previous record of 8:13.878 was set in 2013 by Sébastien Loeb in a modified Peugeot 208 rally car generating 875 horsepower. The ID R was entered in Pikes Peak’s Electric Modified Class, whose previous record stood at 8:57.118.

Driving the ID R was Romain Dumas, a regular at Pikes Peak and now with four wins under his belt (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018). He set the new record with just one attempt.

“The ID R Pikes Peak is the most impressive car I have ever driven in competition,” Dumas, who has competed in the World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship, most recently with Porsche in the LMP1 class, said in a statement.