Electric Volkswagen I.D. R set two records of Pikes PeakJune 25, 2018
Romain Dumas on the electrical prototype Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak won the Pikes Peak mountain race in Colorado. He not only proved to be the fastest among the participants of this year, but also showed the best result in the history of this hill-clime: to overcome 19.99 kilometers and 156 turns of mountain serpentine, the Frenchman took seven minutes and 57.148 seconds.
This is 16 seconds faster than the time, which in 2013 showed the nine-time world champion in rallying Sebastien Loeb on the 875-hp prototype Peugeot 208 T16. This should be expected on the basis of qualifying rounds: on a shortened to 8.3 km Dumas track ahead of Loeb for ten seconds.
And after his record performance, Dumas told reporters that he could have traveled faster, had it not been for the clouds in the upper part of the route that violated visibility.
The second time when climbing the mountain Pikes Peak showed the Italian Simone Fadgioli. Multiple champion of Europe and Italy in mountain races overcame the route on the prototype Norma M20 SF PKP for eight minutes and 37.23 seconds. The third result was recorded by American Peter Cunningham on the all-wheel drive sedan Acura TLX GT: nine minutes and 27,352 seconds.
For electric cars this is not the first victory in the legendary mountain race: in 2015, Rice Millen was the fastest on the 1300-strong prototype eO PP03, built by Latvian designer Andris Dambis. But he did not manage to block the absolute record of Loeb: the mountain serpentine he passed in nine minutes and 7,222 seconds.
Despite the large mass, electric cars take advantage in high-altitude conditions: for cars with gasoline engines, because of rarefied air, the power drops considerably – the start is given at an altitude of 2,860 meters above sea level, and the finish at an altitude of 4300 meters.