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Volkswagen ID.R is the fastest to sprint up the Tianmen Mountain roads
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Volkswagen ID.R is the fastest to sprint up the Tianmen Mountain roads

The all-electric race car piloted by French racing driver Romain Dumas adds yet another record to its name with the 10.9km, 99 hairpin ‘China Challenge’ record run to Heavens Gate

By Hari Kudchadkar

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For Volkswagen this is the fourth record with the powerful all-electric ID.R. The first being the fastest EV and all-time record at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb followed by the fastest EV record at the Nürburgring, the quickest vehicle around the Goodwood Hill Climb and currently the fastest to conquer the 99-tight dizzying corners of the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road.

Volkswagen ID.R is the fastest to sprint up the Tianmen Mountain roads

“I will certainly remember this record run on Tianmen Mountain for ever as my most spectacular outing. I am proud to have set a record with the electric Volkswagen ID.R in China. The little information and testing we had beforehand made it a huge challenge. The road is incredibly narrow and winding, but the drive was unbelievable fun with the electric power of the ID.R. The huge torque was a big advantage on the short straights, while the aerodynamics provided additional traction in the fast sections.” Said Romain Dumas.

The 670bhp all-electric race car was being piloted by French Racing driver Romain Dumas who was given the challenging task of making it to the top in record time. While the road surface conditions are exceptional, the corners are tight and narrow at most points and any slight mistake could lead you to a huge drop. Some of the corners a radius of just six metres, followed by short sprints, fast winding sections where the ID.R was able to hit speeds of up to 230 km/h. Dumas overcame all these extremities to reach the top in a record time of 7:38.585 minutes, making it the fastest ever vehicle to race to the top.

Volkswagen ID.R is the fastest to sprint up the Tianmen Mountain roads

“With the record set on the dramatic Tianmen road, we have mastered another challenge in our fully-electric ID.R race car. Seeing the ID.R race at this impressive Chinese monument of nature, has been truly spectacular. The ID.R underlines Volkswagen’s capabilities in terms of e-mobility and gives customers an exciting outlook for our fully-electric future.” said Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand and CEO of Volkswagen Brand China