Volkswagen I.D. R targets Nurburgring electric car record


Volkswagen continues to develop its all-electric I.D. R racer, with plans to set a new Nurburgring lap record in summer

Volkswagen is attempting to break the current lap record for an electric car at the Nurburgring, with its I.D. R racer. Following its victory at Pikes Peak last year, (where it broke the outright hill-climb record), the car is currently being developed for the Nurburgring record attempt, which will take place this summer.

For the Nurburgring record run, Volkswagen will revise the I.D. R’s aerodynamics, fitting a less aggressive rear wing, a smaller front splitter and a reworked undertray, due to the German track’s lower altitude and increased air density. Volkswagen claims these updates will increase the car’s straight-line speed and battery efficiency.

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Whether or not the I.D. R’s drivetrain will be revised is yet to be confirmed. Currently, the racer is driven by two electric motors developing 671bhp which, thanks to the car’s 1,100kg kerbweight (including the driver), gives a claimed 0–62mph sprint of 2.25 seconds.

At the Nurburgring, Romain Dumas will once again be on driving duties. In June 2018, he beat the outright Pikes Peak record in the I.D. R by a margin of 16.730 seconds, breaking Sebastien Loeb’s 6:13.878 minute record of 2013 set in the Peugeot 208 T16. In the same attempt, Dumas also broke the existing electric car record by almost a minute.

The I.D. R Pikes Peak record kick-started part of Volkswagen’s broader plan to introduce dozens of electric and plug-in hybrid models by 2025, with the first production I.D. hatch set to arrive later this year.

Volkswagen’s Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets, said: “once again this year, we want to underline Volkswagen’s capabilities in producing fast electric cars. Just like Pikes Peak, the Nurburgring presents a serious challenge for an automobile. We want to show just how much performance potential exists today with electric-powered cars.”

The current Nurburgring record for an all-electric car stands at 6:45.90. It was set in 2017 by Peter Dumbreck at the wheel of the NIO EP9, averaging almost 115mph around the 12.9-mile track.

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