Romain Dumas won Pikes Peak for the second time and made it big. At the wheel of his Norma M20 RD completed the ascent in a time of 8:51.445 log, which helped him to overcome by six seconds at the prototype electric Drive eO PP100 of Rhys Millen. A victory that also put in context since the French rider won the edition centennial Pikes Peak seven days after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans together with Marc Lieb and Neel Jani at the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid #2. Without a doubt, a week of successes.
Although the time gotten by Romain Dumas is very far from the 8:13.878 marked by Sébastien Loeb with Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, record all of the evidence, what is certain is that the pace shown by Romain Dumas in his ascension was really remarkable, the whole time that the frenchman has improved en16 seconds of the time marking a year before. In 2015, the time of Romain Dumas with the predecessor of the Norma M20 RD was 9:07.222. A step forward based on the inclusion of a system of all-wheel drive in place of the rear-wheel-drive that rode this ‘barqueta’ above.
For this reason, we wanted to climb in the Norma M20 RD of Romain Dumas to live a little more closely what it feels like to complete the ascent to Pikes Peak in less than nine minutes, something that has only gotten Sébastien Loeb with his stratospheric record, the Romain Dumas with the Norma and Rhys Miller, with their prototype electric Drive eO. A feeling almost unique and what this year has reached two-fold. Now it’s our turn to get on the Norma M20 RD to be able to enjoy the climb to Pikes Peak from a camera on board.