Romain Dumas experienced the world première of the I.D. R Pikes Peak on April 22nd from a distance of around 700 kilometres: whilst the vehicle was being unveiled in Alès in the South of France, the pilot was sitting at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza track in Italy. “I was driving in a long distance race and was just taking a break. I watched the internet stream on my mobile phone,” explained Dumas, thinking back to that Sunday afternoon. “I’d have loved to have been able to crawl through the screen to watch it live.”
But Dumas, whose main job is as a works driver for Porsche, had to wait just a few more hours before he could get his hands on the I.D. R Pikes Peak for the first time. Immediately after finishing his race in Monza, in the middle of the night, Dumas headed straight for the racetrack on the outskirts of his home town of Alès. “I couldn’t wait until the next morning. I had to see the car immediately. I felt like a young boy at Christmas,” said the two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race describing the moment he finally stood in front of the electric racing car.