Record At „Heavens Gate” in China

The ID.R from Volkswagen sets new standards on Mount Tianmen in China: Romain Dumas manages the 99 bends in less than eight minutes.

An extraordinary drive on the limit, with spectacular images and the first record on Tianmen Mountain: Volkswagen has achieved a major milestone with the ID.R in China – one that literally helps drive electromobility to new highs. Romain Dumas (F) completed the 99 corners on the Tianmen Mountain road in 7:38.585 minutes – faster than ever before.

Up the Chinese Tianmen-Mountain, about 1.300 kilometres direct line from Beijing, it’s one of the most spectacular roads in the world can be found: Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road in the province of Zhangjiajie.  

The ID.R currently holds the records on Pikes Peak (USA) and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (GB), the electric lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (D), and now the fastest time for an ascent of Tianmen Mountain in China. The car is the motorsport ambassador for the new, fully-electric range of vehicles from Volkswagen, the ID. family, the first of which – the ID.3– will have its world premiere on 10 September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

“I will certainly remember this record run for ever as my most spectacular outing.” said French driver Romain Dumas after the race.  

“A new record on a truly spectacular road – Volkswagen and the ID.R have once again shown what the electromobility of the future is already capable of today,” said Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. “Not only has it proven that electric cars like the ID.R can break established records and set new benchmarks, but the ID.R also shows how emotive and exciting the mobility of the future is.”

Demanding record run

“Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road” on Tianmen Mountain is a true test. Romain Dumas approached the 10.906-kilometre “China Challenge” to “Heaven’s Gate” – a 131.5-metre natural arch – with respect and courage.

Te challenge: 99 hairpins ollowed by short sprints, fast winding sections with speeds of up to 230 km/h, and hard braking manoeuvres in extremely narrow tunnels.  

99 hairpins, some with a radius of just six metres, followed by short sprints, fast winding sections with speeds of up to 230 km/h, and hard braking manoeuvres in extremely narrow tunnels – Dumas brilliantly overcame these extreme challenges for any driver, setting a new official record in the process. The ID.R is driven by two electric motors with a total system performance of 500 kW (680 PS), riding on tailor-made Bridgestone Potenza tyres. A start and finish line were defined for notarial purposes, especially for the record attempt with the ID.R.

The car received a special decor for this run  

“I will certainly remember this record run on Tianmen Mountain for ever as my most spectacular outing.” said French driver Romain Dumas after the race. “The little information and testing we had beforehand made it a huge challenge.

French driver Romain Dumas currently holds the records on Pikes Peak (USA), at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (GB), and the electric lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (D).

“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.”

Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand and CEO of Volkswagen Brand China, added: “Seeing the ID.R race at this impressive Chinese monument of nature, has been truly spectacular.

 

 

Report by volkswagen-newsroom.com


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