We know, we’re starting to sound like a bit of a broken record, but Volkswagen’s outrageous all-electric ID.R racer has set yet another record. This time, the ID.R has conquered the 99 hairpins of China’s 6.776-mile Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road in just 7mins 38.585seconds.
This latest record extends the Volkswagen ID.R’s impressive list of lap records to a total of four – with previous records being broken at Pikes Peak, the Nürburgring and the Goodwood Festival of Speed; basically, if there’s a record to broken somewhere scary, the ID.R will happily swoop in and break it, usually by quite some margin.
Painted in a new red livery (in homage to China, where the colour donates good luck and happiness) the Volkswagen ID.R is the first car to ever take on the Tianmen Mountain in this manner, meaning that Romain Dumas was tasked with just setting the very fastest time possible.
In way of a comparison, however, Top Gear mentioned that Jaguar Formula E reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung completed a similar hillclimb last year in just 9mins 51seconds (admittedly, he was driving a Range Rover Sport P400e).
The road itself, the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road, is a pretty ominous thing that has managed to earn itself the title of ‘one of the world’s most challenging roads’. In fact, the road is so challenging that it features no end of warnings that state only experienced drivers should even attempted it and, if they do, they should always drive at very slow speeds. Something that Romain certainly didn’t do during his hillclimb run.
The Volkswagen ID.R sits atop the brand’s new ID Family of electric vehicles and serves as a test bed for future technologies and as a demonstration of what is possible with extreme electric tech. With that in mind, this latest record feels even more special owing to the fact that Volkswagen will be unveiling the first consumer ID car – the ID.3 – in the coming days at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Benefitting from similar technologies as the ID.R, Volkswagen’s ID.3 will be an all-electric hatchback that promises to deliver a range between 330 and 550 kilometres (depending on which battery is selected at purchase) and the ability to gain 290 kilometres of charge in just 30 minutes. It also promises to look great, blending futuristic concepts with the current Volkswagen style. We’ll have more on this when we have it, in the meantime though, read what Sytner Volkswagen wrote about it here.
Frankly, we’re really not sure where Volkswagen could possibly take the ID.R next! Maybe it’s time to try and beat the Porsche 919 Tribute’s incredible Spa lap time? Who knows … wherever it is though, we’re excited. Where would you like it to head next? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin.
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