It was just last month that Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak made its record-breaking climb up the iconic mountain. With driver Romain Dumas behind the wheel, the I.D. R made the historic run in just 7:57, crushing the previous record of 8:13 set by Sébastien Loeb in a Peugeot 208 T16 back in 2013.
Traveling up the road at an average speed of 90 mph, the 680-horsepower EV and its journey to the 14,115-foot summit were captured on camera from the sidelines, inside the cabin and as it turns out, up in the sky. Now Volkswagen has released the helicopter footage of the drive that helps paint an even better picture of just how impressive Dumas’ feat actually was.
The video follows the I.D. R up the 12.42-mile mountain road from overhead and reveals just how grueling the course is. However, it becomes clear that Volkswagen picked the right man and machine for the job as the helicopter struggles to even keep up with the car. Through all the twists, turns, and tight corners the I.D. R stays right on track on its way into the record books.
“Istill cannot believe that Volkswagen and my name are behind this incredible time,” Dumas remarked. “The I.D. R Pikes Peak is the most impressive car I have ever driven in competition. The electric drivetrain means that many things are different and I learned a lot during the project. The team did an indescribably meticulous, yet at the same time relaxed, job.”
Check out the awesome footage of Volkswagen’s accomplishment above.
Did you find this article helpful? If so, please share it using the “Join the Conversation” buttons below, and thank you for visiting Daily News Autos.