Volkswagen has taken the all-time record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with its I.D. R Pikes Peak all-electric racer, clocking a time of seven minutes 57.148 seconds courtesy of Romain Dumas behind the wheel. The German manufacturer’s latest effort saw the I.D. R Pikes Peak racer beat the previous all-time record by 16 seconds, set by Sébastien Loeb in the Peugeot T16 Pikes Peak.

The 19.99 km-long hillclimb course is comprised of 156 corners, which the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak tackled with a total system output of 680 PS and 650 Nm of torque. Unlike cars powered by internal combustion engines, EVs are not adversely affected by diminishing air density as the vehicle ascends the course. Previously, the EV record for the hill climb stood at 8 minutes 57.118 seconds, set by Rhys Millen in an e0 PP100 in 2016.

Electricity for the I.D. R Pikes Peak was provided by generators at the foot of Pikes Peak, which were fuelled by glycerol, a form of sugar alcohol, according to Volkswagen. Glycerol can be a by- product of biodiesel manufacture, and can combust with virtually no harmful fumes or residue, the company added.

“For it to come off, everything had to come together perfectly – from the technology to the driver. And the weather had to play ball too. That everything ran so smoothly is an incredible feeling, and the new record on Pikes Peak is the icing on the cake,” said Dumas.

“This is a fantastic day for Volkswagen and one, of which we are very proud. The I.D. R Pikes Peak is the most innovative and complex car ever developed by Volkswagen Motorsport,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets.

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