Ok, here’s the real title: Electric vehicle from Volkswagen, the I.D. R Pikes Peak race car smashes the record.
First thing’s first, Pikes Peak is a century-old race up a hill Colorado that runs 12.4-mile (19.9 km) and has 156 turns. Races up the hill are open to many classes, but all eyes are normally on the open/unlimited class which tends to run some insanely powerful cars. This year however, power was not everything.
Volkswagen CRUSHED the hill-climb all-time record that was set in 2013 by WRC super-God, Sebastien Loeb. He did it in an 875-horsepwoer Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car while Romain Dumas’ car only had only 670-horsepower. Moreover, VW also destroyed the previous 1,595-HP electric car run set by Rhys Millen.
So let’s go through the times. Rhys managed 8:57, Sebastien scored 8:13.878 and Romain, 7:57.148. These 16.5 seconds are a lifetime at this level of competition. How is it that the VW is so fast? The I.D. R is no heavier than a Mazda MX-5, is AWD and is designed with only this event in mind. Also, Porsche helped out a little…