Volkswagen electric car sets Pikes Peak record

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The previous record belonged to Sebastian Loeb, who in 2012 showed the result 8 minutes and 13,878 seconds, the Peugeot 208, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to Autoworld.

At the hands of two-time Pikes Peak champion Rhys Millen, the Bentayga - which was production-spec other than racing seats, Pirelli tyres and a roll cage and fire suppression system - returned a time of 10:49.9 - taking almost two minutes off the previous record of 12:35.6 set in a Range Rover Sport back in 2014.

"The I.D. R Pikes Peak is the sporty forerunner of Volkswagen's I.D. family. Today, we saw what this technology is capable of", said Volkswagen executive Frank Welsch. Frank Welsch, member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for technical development.

Including its battery cells, the I.D. I congratulate the team from the bottom of my heart. "R Pikes Peak in just eight months is a real feat of engineering", finished Dumas. "That speaks volumes for electric mobility".

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Climbing nearly 5000ft through 156 corners, the Bentayga deployed its unique combination of a 600bhp, 900Nm W12 engine, adaptive air suspension, active electric 48V anti-roll control and carbon ceramic brakes to set a stunning new benchmark. The new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak showcases the versatility of a new, larger displacement 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine delivering 18% more torque in the mid-range.

Pikes Peak wasn't all about electrification, though, as another arm of the Volkswagen Group took home its own record.

The streamlined vehicle produces 500kw and weighs less than 1,100 kg.

The I.D. R Pikes Peak was VW's first run with a battery-electric racer up Pikes Peak.

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Amazingly, there was potential for Romain Dumas to go even faster up the "Race to the Clouds".

This is Dunne's fourth victory at Pikes Peak. Glycerol, which in chemical terms is a sugar alcohol, was selected as the fuel.

The Bentley Bentayga has taken the record for a production SUV at Pikes Peak, and to celebrate Bentley are launching a limited edition Bentayga Pikes Peak.

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