The ID. R to take on the 'Road to Heaven'

Volkswagen's fully-electric sports car, will battle against a unique stretch of road later this year in an attempt to set a new record

After setting new records at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the ID. R’s next challenge is the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road, with driver Romain Dumas taking the wheel in September this year.

The road is nearly seven miles long and has been nicknamed the 'Road to Heaven'. Starting at 200 metres above sea level and eventually reaching a height of 1,300 metres, it winds its way up Tianmen Mountain, China, about 930 miles south-west of Beijing. The mountain's summit rises another 200 metres from the road itself.

Currently, there is no official record for the road. Volkswagen China will run a competition before Dumas sets his time in the ID. R. Participants will have the opportunity to set their own virtual record, which Dumas will then attempt to beat.

“So far, I only know the road from photos and a few videos,” said Dumas. “The surrounding area is remarkable, like a film set.”

“The route is very winding, extremely narrow in places, and very uneven. It is certainly going to be a special experience. I am looking forward to this new challenge,” he added.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets said: “The route is one of the most extraordinary and difficult roads in the world. Our goal is to set a new milestone for electric vehicles and, in doing so, to support Volkswagen’s E-strategy in China, which is really picking up speed this year.”

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