Pikes Peak Wasn’t Satisfying Enough
Volkswagen’s ID. R is without a doubt a seriously badass machine. It currently holds the record for a car traveling up the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for an EV. The company now looks to a more challenging road. While Pikes Peak is one of the most challenging out there, the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road in China should top it. VW will give the route a try in its electric racer, according to Carscoops.
The car will have its work cut out for it. Luckily it’ll have the successful racing driver Romain Dumas at the helm. He will have to pilot the vehicle along the super unique road. The stretch of road goes up the Tianmen Mountain. The road starts about 656 feet above sea level and rises to about 4265 feet high. Along the way, there are 99 turns.
While the ID. R will have its work cut out for it, VW doesn’t have an official time to beat. There is no official record for the road. To make things interesting, the company is allowing gamers to try to set a virtual record via a video game. Dumas will then try to beat that time in the ID. R.
That should keep things interesting, and it’s a smart move by VW. The gaming community is big into automotive-focused games, and it helps with brand recognition. We’re actually pretty excited to see what the car can do on the road. The attempt will occur in September of this year.