Extraordinary drive up to ‘Heaven’s Gate’ in China from the driver’s perspective
Romain Dumas completes 10.906-kilometre route up ‘Big Gate Road’ in 7:38.585 minutes
Volkswagen literally drove E-mobility to the top with the fully-electric ID.R on Tianmen Mountain (CN). Romain Dumas (F) ascended the 10.906-kilometre mountain road in 7:38.585 – faster than anyone before him. The route up ‘Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road’ was a real challenge: 99 hairpins, 164 braking manoeuvres, and a top speed of 218 km/h. Dumas mastered the challenge with great aplomb to set a new official record time.
The ID.R now holds the all-time record on Pikes Peak (USA) and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (GB), as well as the electric lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (D) and now the fastest time on Tianmen Mountain in China. The ID.R, the racing ambassador to the ID. family, is driven by two electric motors with a system performance of 500 kW (680 PS). The record-breaking drive on the spectacular mountain road to the mythical ‘Heaven’s Gate’ is also supporting Volkswagen’s electromobility offensive in China.