Volkswagen has released in-car footage from the ID.R electric race car’s blistering, seven-minute run up the incredible Tianmen mountain pass in China.

Frenchman Romain Dumas piloted the ID.R up 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 218km/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.

ID.R is powered by two electric motors with a system performance of 500kW.

The record-breaking drive on the spectacular mountain road to the mythical ‘Heaven’s Gate’ is also supporting Volkswagen’s electromobility offensive in China.

CHECKOUT: Tianmen run from the air

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Tianmen tilt from behind the wheel


Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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