Volkswagen and the I.D. R Pikes Peak have made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), breaking the previous record for electric vehicles, sure– but also beating the all-time record set by Sébastien Loeb in 2013! And that by a full 16 (sixteen) seconds!
“Awesome! We exceeded even our own high expectations with that result,” exclaimed Romain Dumas, after setting a new Pike’s Peak record. “Since this week’s tests, we have known that it was possible to break the all-time record. For it to come off, everything had to come together perfectly – from the technology to the driver. And the weather had to play ball too. That everything ran so smoothly is an incredible feeling, and the new record on Pikes Peak is the icing on the cake. I still cannot believe that Volkswagen and my name are behind this incredible time!”
Dumas’ new record of 7m 57.148s is now top of the list of Pikes Peak champions, which includes such racing luminaries as Walter Röhrl, Michèle Mouton, and Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima. He is in some rare company indeed, in other words.
“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 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 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.”
All of that is, obviously, great news for the embattled German car brand. VW is, of course, still reeling from the diesel emissions cheating scandal a few years back that cost the company billions of dollars and sent a few of its executives to prison. The hope here, then, is that VW will be able establish itself as a leader in electric vehicle technology sooner rather than later, and put all the diesel nastiness behind them.
None of that should take away from their achievement this past weekend, however. “This is a fantastic day for Volkswagen and one, of which we are very proud,” said Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “The I.D. R Pikes Peak is the most innovative and complex car ever developed by Volkswagen Motorsport. Every employee involved in the Pikes Peak project has constantly had to push their boundaries and show extreme commitment and dedication. Without this, it would not have been possible to repeatedly overcome new challenges and come up with new solutions. It should actually be impossible to achieve all that and especially the all-time record in such a short time, but our team pulled it off thanks to their passion and commitment. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on the project and showed such fantastic team spirit.”
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