Great things were expected from Volkswagen's I.D. R considering the amount of effort the company had put in to make sure the car does well. Come raceday, the I.D. R piloted by Romain Dumas made history on the famous mountain. At 7:57.148 minutes, the I.D. R came up a full 16 seconds faster than Loeb and his Peugeot 208 T16 managed in 2013, and Dumas actually told reporters he could have gone faster if the clouds cloaking the hillclimb's summit had dissipated.
Thanks to the I.D. R's tailor-made construction, downforce at the top of the mountain was not an issue even amidst the thin air.Its 680bhp and 650Nm also helped to boost it along, complementing its low kerb weight of just 1100kg with Dumas in it. A 43-kilowatt-hour battery supplies the car's all-wheel-drive system with the power needed to propel it to 100kmph in just 2.25 seconds. For more information about the amazing I.D. R you can have a look here.