Within just 12 months, Volkswagen Motorsport has set 3 track records with the all-electric ID.R. Following the setting of a new absolute track record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in America last June and then a new best time for electric cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, a new record on the legendary Nurburgring-Nordschleife in Germany has now been added to the list.
The ID.R, powered by two powerful electric motors generating 500 kW/680 ps, lapped the circuit in 6:05.336 minutes – faster than any electric vehicle before it. Frenchman Romain Dumas beat the previous record set by Peter Dumbreck in 2017 by 40.564 seconds, travelling at an average speed of 206.96 km/h.
“The Nordschleife of the Nurburgring is not only the world’s most demanding race track, it is also the ultimate test for production vehicles,” said Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group. “The ID.R has mastered this challenge with great distinction and has completed the fastest emission-free lap of all time. As further proof of its impressive performance capabilities, Volkswagen’s e-mobility can now proudly call itself ‘Nurburgring-approved’. I congratulate the team from Volkswagen Motorsport and driver Romain Dumas on the third record for the ID.R.”
Electric mobility is also powerful
With the e-record on the Nordschleife, Volkswagen has once again demonstrated the enormous performance capabilities that come with electric mobility. “This impressive success story is the result of meticulous preparation by our engineers, the flawless work by the whole team during testing and of course a perfect driving performance by Romain Dumas,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.
The ID.R required a complete makeover compared to the outings on Pikes Peak and in Goodwood. Over 5 months, Volkswagen Motorsport prepared for the challenge with the aerodynamic configuration more strongly adapted to the highest possible speed, rather than maximum downforce, explained François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director. “With extensive test laps in the simulator and on the race track, we adapted the ID.R to the unique conditions of the Nordschleife, focussing mainly on chassis tuning, energy management and optimal choice of tyres for the record attempt.”