Romain Dumas and the all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak set the overall fastest time in qualifying ahead of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Wednesday.
The Frenchman posted a time of 3:16.083 on the first 5.16 miles of the 12.42-mile course which is used to decide the starting order for the runs on Sunday.
Dumas went 11.049 seconds quicker than the second-placed Norma M20 SF PKP driven by Simone Faggioli.
“That was a very good day for us,” said Dumas. “The I.D. R Pikes Peak is incredible. I have never experienced acceleration and power like that in a racing car.
“I am noticing how the car and I are becoming more and more of a unit with every kilometer.”
“A big compliment to the entire team,” added Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.
“We completed an important test yesterday, the findings from which have helped us to further optimize the set-up of the I.D. R Pikes Peak.
“The result is that the car was superbly prepared today, and the time speaks for itself. However, that was only qualifying. We are optimistic about the race, but must always bear in mind that we only have one single attempt.”
Dumas’ attempt to set the record for the fastest electric car on the Colorado course will get underway around 10 a.m. local time on Sunday.