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The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car

The prototype race car zoomed up 4,720 feet over the 12.42 miles of the Pikes Peak Highway in under nine minutes.

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Volkswagen conquered Pikes Peak, turning in a record-setting time of 7:57.148 in the I.D. R electric prototype. 

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The I.D R was piloted by Romain Dumas, a previous Pikes Peak champion. 

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The I.D R is powered by two electric motors, one on each axle. 

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The race to the clouds climbs to a total elevation of 14,115 feet through 156 turns. 

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The I.D. R's battery is set up for maximum output, not maximum range.

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The car develops 680 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. 

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It can go from 0-62 mph in a scant 2.25 seconds. 

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The giant wing in back produces more downforces than the total weight of the car. 

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The I.D R is named for VW's future electric lineup, which includes the I.D. Crozz and I.D. Buzz. 

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this record-breaking EV. 

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