Volkswagen electric car sets Pikes Peak record

28 June, 2018, 09:14 | Author: Leah Owens
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Despite going from concept to record-smashing reality in a mere 250 days, the Volkswagen ID R always had the potential to set a blisteringly fast time at Pikes Peak, with immediate torque at zero revs from the electric motors, no loss of power at higher altitudes from its 670bhp powertrain, and bespoke aerodynamics. Pirelli tires, an Akrapovic exhaust, and an optional Styling Specification Kit available to customers, which comes with a carbon fiber front splitter, diffuser, side skirts, and rear spoiler, was also fitted.

A brand-new all-electric race auto built by Volkswagen smashed records at Sunday's Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado Springs.

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Prices have not been announced for the Pikes Peak Bentayga, although expect a significant jump in price over the standard W12 Bentayga, which starts from £162,700. "I had a great run - the auto was planted all the way up and gave me the confidence I needed to push hard". In fact, the last record was held for the last five years by Land Rover when driver Paul Dallenbach ran the same course in a 2014 Range Rover Sport in just 12:35.6; something that Millen beat by 1 minute and 45.7 seconds. In every other way, the Pikes Peak vehicle is a standard Bentayga, finished in eye-catching Radium Satin paintwork accented by the all-black chrome and carbon fibre body kit provided by Bentley's Black Specification. A Pikes Peak logo sitting on the front fender round up the exterior make over. But Bentley has laid its own claim to the prize, and cemented its standing this weekend at Pikes Peak. Inside you will find Beluga leather with Key Lime accents, Alcantara steering wheel, gear lever, and door inserts, and Eliade cloth headlining. There's no word on how much it added back in with the roll cage and fire-suppression system, but we'd wager the Pikes Peak record breaker was usefully lighter than stock. The twin turbo unit produces 600bhp and 900nm, sending drive to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Add adaptive air suspension and the 48-volt active anti-roll bars to that picture, and your luxury SUV is ready for the world's toughest hillclimb.

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