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Volkswagen charges up a mountain and charts a course for the future

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Piloted by French racing driver Romain Dumas, the I.D.

The electric VW covered the 12.4-mile course in 7:57.148, not only annihilating the previous 8:57.118 record for electric cars Volkswagen set out to beat but earning the title of fastest car on the mountain – period.

Pikes Peak is the second-oldest race in the United States (after the Indianapolis 500), and one of the toughest.

It’s also one of the few where electric cars compete head to head with good ole internal combustion.

R beat to take the record was the Peugeot 208 T16, which was powered by an 875-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 and made it up Pikes Peak in 8:13.878 in 2013 in the hands of another Frenchman, Sebastian Loeb.

Volkswagen Motorsports director Sven Smeets told Digital Trends the brand came to Pikes Peak for the challenge it presents to both human and machine and because of unfinished business.

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