Watch The Ultra-Fast Electric Volkswagen I.D. R Set Its Pikes Peak Record From Every Angle

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About a month ago, Romain Dumas squeezed himself into the fully-electric Volkswagen I.D. R and laid down the fastest ever climb time up Pikes Peak: 7:57.148. Today, VW has released every video angle the company collected of the record-smashing run.

The I.D. R makes 671 horespower (500 kilowatts) and weighs less than a stack of quarters. 40-year-old French driver Dumas smoked the standing record, set in 2013 by fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb, by 16.730 seconds. That’s an eternity in car racing.

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Being able to see the blistering intensity of this speed from inside the I.D. R’s cockpit as well as a few other perspectives makes this video really fun to watch.

12 miles, 156 curves, a lot of awesomeness. What do we think, does this make up for that whole VW defrauding the public and the EPA thing?

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DISCUSSION

Mega Bucks, ultra high tech and record breaking run. Too bad they didn’t bother to put a $50 go-pro on the dash towards the track. It would have been nice for us the get a sensation of the speed this thing really has. Seems like a bit of a wasted PR moment. I would have watched that over and over again for hours instead of skipping to the end.