Modified VW ID. R aims for electric Nurburgring lap record

The tweaked 671bhp VW ID. R electric racer now sports bodywork reminiscent of old Group C Le Mans cars

Volkswagen has revealed an evolution of the fully-electric ID R. racing car, which has moved from being a Pikes Peak hillclimb challenger into an electric racer aiming at the Nurburgring lap record for battery powered vehicles.

The updated ID. R still uses a 671bhp all-wheel-drive electric drivetrain fed by two lithium ion batteries, but Volkswagen says that the system has been adapted to match the characteristics of the Nordschleife, with optimised energy management and recovery systems.

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The ID. R’s now sports revised aerodynamics too. The rear wing sits far lower than before, as it no longer needs to fight the thin air of Pikes Peak to produce a decent amount of downforce.

Volkswagen’s lap record attempt may be decided on the Nordschleife’s huge straight, so the ID R. now sports a Formula 1 inspired Drag Reduction System (DRS) too. VW predicts that the ID R. may be capable of 168mph on the circuit straight. The car is wrapped up in a new dark blue and black livery too.

The current Nurburgring lap record for electric cars is held by Chinese EV start-up NIO. Last year, the brand sent its EP9 hypercar around the 12.9-mile circuit in 6:45.90.

Two-time Le Mans 24h winner and four-time Nurburgring 24h winner Roman Dumas will be at the wheel of the ID. R for the record-breaking attempt this summer. Testing has already commenced. 

What else does the Volkswagen I.D. R have to beat? Click here for the current Nurburgring lap records…