How Volkswagen broke the Pikes Peak hillclimb record of all time

Friday, June 22. Ran 5.30 in the morning and the early sun burns through the clouds adrift in the Devil’s Playground, 12,780 feet of Pikes Peak.

The morning still is broken by an incongruous high-pitched siren, announcing the arrival of the Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak for their final practice runs in the top of the section of the 12.42-miles.

Romain Dumas points of the machine up the hill, waits for the course starter to wave a flag, and then he’s gone, disappearing from view with a futuristic hum of the electric motors faster than your brain can understand.

That’s when you knew. Did you know that this car is not only able to break the 8min 57.118 sec electric car record on the 156-turn Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – which could rival Sébastien Loeb of 8min 13.878 sec absolute record.