Recently Sebestian Loeb’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record have been broken by Romain Dumas with the Volkswagen I.D.R. He completed the 12.42 miles track in 7 minutes 57.148 seconds.
The earlier competitor crashed in Colorado before the 40 year old Dumas did the wonder. Loeb had created the previous record by completing the twelve miles in 8 minutes 13.878 seconds back in 2013. Loeb used a 3.2-litre twin-turbo Peugeot 208.
I always said the best car for Pikes Peak would be electric,” said Dumas. “You have to fight against losing power, brakes, and downforce [at altitude], but you don’t lose power with this car. I’m in love with this race, the mountain is so beautiful. It’s a kind of Nordschleife, but for sure with even more risks.” He further added standing at the summit of the Piles Peak at 14115 feet height,”I had some fog and it was quite humid with some damp in the second section.I’m happy with this, but we could have gone quicker if that middle sector had been dry.” Dumas also claimed the 96th PPIHC to be harder than the LeMans, which can be believed as the man has already won the event twice.
Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets also had a few words to say to Motorsports.com, ” I am so happy for this team and really proud of them. We all worked so hard for this.And for Romain, this is incredible – don’t forget this was the first time he drove the whole course in this car. In testing, he never had a clean run from the bottom to the top. Waiting for 45 minutes to start the run was so stressful, I don’t want to go through that again. And then the timing went down and we had no sector times, it felt like it was taking one hour! But we set out to do this and, once again, we have shown that when we set out to do something, we do it right. Now, after this record, maybe we will look forward to the Autosport Awards! ”
“We knew we had the speed, but when we had some technical issues, things like how we were managing the battery, we learned a lot in the last few days. The magic of this race is that you don’t know what you get from the mountain, but today it was OK. For sure, Romain took some risks to make this time – it’s all out. This is a fantastic result. It was not possible for us to say when we arrived that we had come here to beat the time of Peugeot – but I’m glad we did!” , said the Volkswagen technical director Francois-Xavier Demaison.
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