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Electric prototype is demonstrated just weeks after Romain Dumas used it to shatter Sébastien Loeb's Pikes Peak course record

Volkswagen has demonstrated its Pikes Peak record-holding ID R at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the car tackled the UK's most famous hill climb.

It comes just weeks after Romain Dumas smashed the outright record for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the electric prototype.

The Volkswagen Motorsport team had targeted the electric record for the event, but Dumas’s time of 7min 57.148sec on the 12.42-mile course actually eclipsed the overall mark of 8min 13.878sec, set by Sébastien Loeb in the Peugeot 208 T16 in 2013.

Dumas averaged 90.538mph on the 156-turn course in the ID R, which gets around 671bhp from two electric motors. The machine had been built for the project in just seven months.

“We exceeded even our own high expectations,” said Dumas. “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.

“The ID R Pikes Peak is the most impressive car I have ever driven in competition. The electric drivetrain means that many things are different and I learned a lot during the project.”

Breaking the record is a major milestone for a full electric motorsport programme, representing the first time an EV has proven quick than a combustion engines machine on a major event.

Volkswagen Motorsport boss Sven Smeets said the record proved the capability of electric car technology.

“This project was a demonstration of what the ID family will be, and what R will be in an electric future,” he said. “We can bring some of this to electric road cars.”

The event does suit battery-powered electric cars because, unlike internal combustion engines, they don’t lose power at altitude. The finish line of Pikes Peak is 14,115ft above sea level.

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A Bentley Bentayga W12 set a new benchmark time for a production SUV on Pikes Peak, with Rhys Millen completing the course in 10min 49.902secs.

That obliterated the previous record for a standard SUV of 12min 35.610secs, set by Paul Dallenbach in a Range Rover Sport in 2014. That time was set on a standalone event sanctioned by Pikes Peak organisers, PPIHC, rather than as part of the annual event.

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Italian event rookie Simone Faggioli finished second on the event in his Norma M20, setting a stunning time of 8min 37.230secs. That time is the second fastest set by a combustion engined-car on the event, despite Faggioli never having driven the full course until his one timed run.

Peter Cunningham was third quickest and won the Pikes Peak Open class in a 2018 Acura TLX GT with a time of 9min 27.352secs. That eclipsed Cunningham's 2017 class record, set in a similar TLX GT, by more than six seconds.

Fabien Bouduban, Faggioli's team-mate, was fourth overall, completing the hill in 9min 28.254secs. Paul Dallenbach was fifth and won the Open Wheel class in his PVA Dallenbach Special, with a time of 9min 37.135secs.

Weather was a major factor on the event. Low cloud enveloped parts of the mountain just before Dumas began his run shortly after 1000hrs and had to battle fog and damp in the middle section of his run. But he fared better than later runners, when a storm rolled in, with hail and snow falling at the summit. That caused the event to be stopped, with the later runners only able to drive a shortened section of the course as a result.

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Peter Cavellini 25 June 2018

Battery cars in Sport...

Having watched a few E’ races if anything this is Mogadon on Wheels!, all the charisma of a Bottle of Ketchup, Boring with a capital B!

Luap 25 June 2018

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Having watched a few E’ races if anything this is Mogadon on Wheels!, all the charisma of a Bottle of Ketchup, Boring with a capital B!


So going on your own logic, that would make you mogadon with legs.

Sounds about right : )

Phil R 25 June 2018


Rumour had it that Dumas was bricking it at the start line in case someone called KiwiRob turned up. Seriously, calling a 2 times le mans winner a nobody?

KiwiRob 26 June 2018

Phil R wrote:

Phil R wrote:

Rumour had it that Dumas was bricking it at the start line in case someone called KiwiRob turned up. Seriously, calling a 2 times le mans winner a nobody?

Yes compared to a 9 times world champion he's a pimple on your backside. I would bet a lot of money on it that up this mountain in the same car Loeb would be quicker, this is basically a tarmac rally stage up a hill, Loeb is not only the best rally driver of all time he's also the GOAT on tarmac.




KiwiRob 25 June 2018

Imagine how much faster the

Imagine how much faster the car would have gone with a decent named drive behind the wheel? Dumas is a bit of a nobody, Loeb probably would have been significantly faster in the same car.