Volkswagen and the I.D. R Pikes Peak made history last weekend (Sunday 24 June) at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with the I.D. R Pikes Peak becoming the fastest vehicle to date to complete the course. It has changed the face of motorsport by proving that an electric vehicle can be quicker than a conventional petrol equivalent.
Piloted by French driver Romain Dumas – already Pikes Peak champion in 2014, 2016 and 2017 – the I.D. R went from start to finish (12.24 miles) in just 7min 57.148sec, beating the eight-minute barrier for the first time in the event’s 102-year history.
The target for the Volkswagen Motorsport team was to set a new record for electric vehicles, with a time to beat of 8.57.118 minutes.
The car proved to be so quick that it not only broke the electric vehicle record by one minute, but also smashed Sébastien Loeb’s previous overall course record of 8.13.878 minutes by 16 seconds, which had stood since 2013. Loeb drove the course in a petrol-powered Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.
Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said of this historic achievement: “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.”
“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.”