In an anticipated run to ‘Heaven’s Gate’, Tianmen Mountain, the Volkswagen ID.R piloted by Romain Dumas has done it in a record time of 7:38.585.
In every attempt going uphill, the all-electric ID.R already held records on Pikes Peak and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, it has achieved the Heaven’s gate honors. On the track, the ID.R has the record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
All the hype will lead to the debut of the first model of the ID family, set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the ID.3.
In VW’s first ever attempt to reach Heaven’s gate “Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road”, Dumas approached the 10.906-kilometer “China Challenge” to “Heaven’s Gate”, a 131.5-meter natural arch, with respect and courage. 99 hairpins, some with a radius of just six meters, followed by short sprints, fast winding sections with speeds of up to 230 km/h, and hard braking manoeuvres in extremely narrow tunnels. Tianmen, about 1,300 kilometers from the capital Beijing, has one of the most spectacular roads in the world. The route features 99 hairpin corners and climbs about 1,100m in elevation diﬀerence.
Thanks to the highly effective ID.R, which comprises two electric motors with a total system performance of 500 kW (680 PS), riding on tailor-made Bridgestone Potenza tyres, Dumas nailed every turn on his record attempt. “I will certainly remember this record run on Tianmen Mountain for ever as my most spectacular outing. The road is incredibly narrow and winding, but the drive was unbelievable fun with the electric power of the ID.R. The huge torque was a big advantage on the short straights, while the aerodynamics provided additional traction in the fast sections,” Dumas commented.
The Volkswagen ID.R should next grace the Frankfurt Motor Show, after the many record breaking feats across the globe.