Watch VW’s ID.R Devour The Tianmen Mountain Hillclimb In China

VW has released a short video showing some of its record-breaking run up Tianmen Mountain Big Gate Road in China with the all-electric ID.R racer.

There were no official times recorded prior to the ID.R’s run, so this was, by default, going to establish the first ever. Consequently, it would have been understandable if driver Romain Dumas took things rather gently up the dangerous mountain road that has some frightening drop-offs down various cliffs.

Also Read: VW ID.R Sets Record With 7:38.585 In Heaven’s Gate Run

However, the video released by Volkswagen itself shows that the hugely-successful racer didn’t take things easy and pushed the car to its limits. The racer an be seen getting airborne after hitting small bumps and running close to the concrete crash barriers so, no, Dumas definitely wasn’t pacing himself. In the end, the ID.R recorded a time of 7 minutes and 38.585 seconds, which is one hell of an achievement.

“A new record on a truly spectacular road – Volkswagen and the ID.R have once again shown what the electromobility of the future is already capable of today,” Volkswagen chief operating officer Ralf Brandstätter said. “Not only has it proven that electric cars like the ID.R can break established records and set new benchmarks, but the ID.R also shows how emotive and exciting the mobility of the future is.”

So, with Nurburgring records being two-a-penny these days in every imaginable segment, and the Chinese market being hugely important to practically all manufacturers, maybe the Big Gate Road, with its 99 corners, will pick up as yet another venue for vying over who’ll set the fastest time.


  • Ben

    I still say that the electric whine of a motor is intoxicating as supercharger whine. However, they need to introduce more electric whine in performance EVs, maybe hire Yamaha to tune the sound?

    • KareKakk

      Do you mean Yamahas motorcycle division or the musical instrument-division? 😀

      It sounded like my Scalextric-cars at full speed in a full-size environment. Actually quite a bit amusing to watch the video in that context.

      • Ben

        Whatever division of Yamaha was consulted with by Toyota for the Lexus LFA would be a good start. Electric vehicles have so much potential in the sound department, but it takes the right type of craftsmanship to bring it out and Yamaha would be my first choice.

  • SteersUright

    Most amazing race car ever. Wonder why no other manufacturer seems to have the guts to take VW on with their own?

  • Tan Lee

    This will be short lived. They are trying to dominate an electric car record in the China which is home to the worlds most electric car manufacturers and battery producers. China will not take this one likely.

    VW are racing against themselves around the world. They are trying to create a p*ssing contest where mine is bigger then yours. No other manufacturer is bothered to do this as it means nothing but a waste of cash. If VW want to establish themselves as the dominant force in electric cars then do so on the track against others. #Formula E

    • Ben

      Its not focusing on China solely and its just marketing. Simply showing what the Volkswagen ID brand is capable of the old fashioned way, kicking butt and breaking records. It may not effect you and make you more interested in the brand’s EVs, but it has for me. I like it when automakers showcase their engineering craftsmanship and test it against the world. Don’t tell me how great your technology is, show me.

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