On 24 June the 500 kW (680 PS), fully-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak, driven by French Romain Dumas, achieved a time of 7:57.148 minutes, which not only broke the previous record for electric cars, but also improved the all-time record set in 2013 by Sébastien Loeb (F) – by 16 seconds.
The I.D. R Pikes Peak is based on a carbon fiber monocoque coupled with a steel roll cage, and was developed specifically for this 19.99 km race, which includes 1,440 meters of elevation.
The record is a demonstration – and a publicity stunt – of Volkswagen’s plans for electric mobility, recently embodied by the I.D. family of concept cars.