In an age where every manufacturer or car model intends to prove its worth to beat the record at the infamous Nurburgring, it has became a holy grail of sorts for German marques especially. Volkswagen is the latest manufacturer to do it with its electric race car, the ID.R.
Driven by former Audi Le Mans/Nurburgring 24-hour winning driver Richard Dumas, the VW ID.R, powered by two electric motors, passed the Nurburgring Nordschleife test in a record time of 6:05.336. This means it is the fastest electric car ever to surge through the ‘Nur’ as Dumas beat a previous record by Peter Dumbreck set back in 2017 by 40.564 seconds.
With an average speed of 206.96 km/h, the ID.R once again underlined the impressive performance capabilities of Volkswagen’s electric drive. This 500 kW (680 PS) emission-free race car is the racing flagship of the future fully electric ID. product family from Volkswagen.
In just a year, Volkswagen Motorsport has already set three track records with the ID.R. On 24 June 2018, Dumas achieved the absolute track record of 7:57.148 minutes at the renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (USA). Just three weeks later, he achieved a new best time for electric cars of 43.86 seconds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England. The new record on the Nordschleife has now been added to this successful run.
For Dumas, who is a four-time winner of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the record lap with the ID.R is another highlight on his favorite track. “To be a record-holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud. For me, this is the best and most difficult race track in the world. The ID.R was perfectly prepared for the Nordschleife and it was so much fun to experience the blistering acceleration and rapid cornering speeds.”
EVOLVED VERSION OF THE ID.R
To prepare for the Nürburgring Nordschleife challenge, in just five months Volkswagen Motorsport gave the ID.R a complete makeover compared to the record outings on Pikes Peak and in Goodwood. The evolved ID.R has the best aerodynamic configuration which is tuned for extreme speed. Rather than maximum downforce, VW adapted the ID.R to the unique conditions of the Nordschleife. Other factors adapted include chassis tuning, energy management and optimal choice of tyres.