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Dumas, Volkswagen Set Fastest Time in Pikes Peak Qualifying

Romain Dumas puts all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R prototype on top in Pikes Peak qualifying…

Photo: Volkswagen

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.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake



  1. Joel

    June 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Can we have the new LMP1 cars look like this car please? Just make the rear wing a bit smaller and put a “Shark Fin” on top and it would be so unbelievably cool! In fact, I wonder if it’s based on Audi’s last generation R18 Hybrid P1 car. Anyone?

    • Tim

      June 20, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      I think it’s actually based on the Norma that RD has run at Pikes Peak over the last few years.

    • JG

      June 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      The front end is almost identical to the original version of the Peugeot 905… This is how cars look when you don’t have idiotic mandated wheel arch cutouts.

      • Andrew

        June 20, 2018 at 11:10 pm

        Except pictures showed they actually had the holes above the wheel arches today. They’ve been running louvers over the wheels to vent the positive pressure in the wheel arches but looked like they needed, or wanted to test, more venting. The holes are a HUGE asset in keeping the front ends of the LMP cars on the ground at speed. They aren’t just a safety thing, they actually have improved front end turn in with the wider fronts

    • nasportscar

      June 20, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Why does it need the shark fin?

      • Andy

        June 20, 2018 at 11:12 pm

        I think he was alluding to what it would be as a legal LMP aero package

        • Joel

          June 21, 2018 at 4:39 am

          Yes that was what I was getting at, if they put an LMP1 Aero package on this car!

  2. southcove

    June 20, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Sure beats those silly Formula E racers…

  3. Mike S.

    June 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    If the sounds were on par with the way it looked it would be so loud.

  4. nah

    June 21, 2018 at 10:08 am

    no dirt

  5. Truth

    June 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve seen that rear wing on the back of Honda Civics many times.

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