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.
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.