Volkswagen ID R sets first Tianmen Mountain record

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Volkswagen Motorsport has set the first record for the Tianman Mountain climb with the ID R. With Romain Dumas behind the wheel, the EV challenger completed the 99 corners in 7 minutes 38.585 seconds.

The ID R currently holds the overall records at Pikes Peak, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the electric lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

“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,” said Ralf Brandstätter, chief operating officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.

“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.”

The 10.906km ascent featured some 99 hairpins, followed by short sprints, fast winding sections with speeds of up to 230km/h (143mph), and hard braking maneuvers in narrow tunnels. The ID R is driven by two electric motors with a total system performance of 680ps, riding on tailor-made Bridgestone Potenza tires.

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