Romain Dumas (Chopard Ambassador) wins 94th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

07/04/2016
Melvyn Teillol-Foo

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Race car driver and Chopard’s ambassador, Romain Dumas, wins the 94th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for 2016.

Chopard congratulates Romain Dumas for his victory. Dumas won at the second oldest motor sports race in America: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs.

This victory came one week after he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 in a Porsche 919 Hybrid race car.

The man just does not sleep!

Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, Neel Jani (l-r)

Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, Neel Jani (l-r)

 

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Romain Dumas – Chopard Ambassador

19.99 kilometres, 156 bends, a climb of 1440 metres to an altitude of 4300 metres; the Pikes Peak race is a legend in the mountains of Colorado. “The Race to the Clouds” always takes place without safety barriers.

a000 Winner Romain Dumas Pikes Peak 2016

Pikes Peak 2016 Winner

Here is Romain Dumas at the finish line 8 min 51.445 sec after he started — (81.288 mph average speed) showing that he can be a winner without a Porsche 919.

Romain assembled his own team and a petrol Honda-powered Norma M20 RD Limited. The car was just the second ever to cover the course in less than nine minutes.

His car beat last year’s winner, Rhys Millen, driving an electric car. Electric motors are unaffected by the thin air at high altitude, and the 12.42-mile course is short enough that battery capacity is not a problem.

This year, petrol triumphs again over electric batteries…

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Romain Dumas is a Chopard ambassador and usually wears a steel Chopard Superfast Power Control watch.

The extra display shows the “power reserve” left in the watch.

An automatic winding rotor regenerates power during any physical wrist movement.  The watch movement or ‘engine’ is produced entirely in-house by Chopard instead of outsourced from cheaper 3rd parties.

Hey! Luxury ain’t cheap… 🙂

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