In 2018, Volkswagen made a big splash when it took its electric racing car, the ID Rt to America, to break record time on one of the world’s most famous mountain ramps, the Pikes Peak. Romain Dumas gave Sébastien Loeb no less than 16 seconds to reach his peak until then, even though it was already space-time.
The match will also be held for the 99th time this year. For the past two years, there hasn’t been much of a driver or car that would have compromised the 7-minute, 57.148-second record for VW and the French driver, but this year, someone could have a serious chance of doing so. The entry list for this year’s race has been released, the most surprising member of which is clearly JR Hildebrand IndyCar driver.
It is not a sensation in itself for a racer to try his hand at other terrains, as the transition between categories today is quite large – think of Fernando Alonso’s Dakar adventure – but a regular participant in the 500-mile race in Indianapolis would go up the mountain with his usual work equipment, i.e. with a Dallara DW12 / IR18.
And for those who don’t say much about Pikes Peak, it’s almost a must to watch one of the most famous short films in motorsport, starring 1988 winner Ari Vatanen and Peugeot 405 T16-bowl. The road has been almost completely paved over the years, but the proximity of 156 bends, a level difference of 2,862 meters and deep ravines continues to be a major source of adrenaline for pilots.
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