In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about the Volkswagen I.D. A. It is the electric prototype that the German brand had planned to take to Pikes Peak and in which many hopes had been placed. The goal was to break the record for an electric vehicle however the car piloted by Romain Dumas has gone a step further. He holds the absolute record with a time of 7 minutes and 57,148 seconds in the popular competition.
The truth is that it has been an unbeatable test for the Volkswagen I.D. R and for Romain Dumas, who completed the almost 20 kilometers of Pikes Peak in a time 16 seconds lower than Sébastien Loeb had achieved in 2013. This incredible mark is also one minute below the previous electric record. In this way, he climbs to an Olympus where riders like Walter Röhrl, Michèle Mouton, Stig Blomqvist and Nobuhiro Tajima used to be.
As you can see in the video of the competition, the Volkswagen Motorsport team managed to create an authentic machine in just eight months of development. The keys to be crowned in the 96th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb were a minimum weight (below 1,100 kg), an aerodynamic load at height (with fairing floor and that spectacular spoiler) and an electric power of 680 HP ( that are not affected by the lack of oxygen such as combustion).
Complete the 156 curves and the drop of more than 1,400 meters in less than 8 minutes and in a single attempt is a feat of significant magnitude. To achieve this, Volkswagen also had the help of some luxury ‘partners’. The software was provided by Ansys, the specific tires are the work of Michelin, the electric propellers have the signature of Integral e-drive and the monkey of Dumas has been made by OMP. We will see if the Pikes Peak record lasts a few years or is improved again in the next edition.