UPDATE - June 2019
The ID. R, Volkswagen’s all-electric race car, has set another world record!
Driven by Romain Dumas the ID. R, it completed the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in a blistering time of 6.05.339. Smashing the previous record of 6.45.90 held by the NIO EP9 in 2017.
The ID. R is now the fastest electric vehicle in history to complete the circuit and the second-fastest overall behind the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
The ID. R’s run helped gather vital technological information that will be shared with the forthcoming road-going ID. models.
It won’t be the last record attempt for the ID. R either. There are plenty more challenges to come as the year progresses.
The ID. R – Volkswagen’s fully-electric sports car – has set its sights on a record this summer: the lap record for electric cars on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the toughest racetrack in the world. The ID. R is the sporty ambassador to an entire range of electric vehicles, which Volkswagen plans to launch from 2020 onwards.
The ID. R’s motorsport assignments are a declaration of Volkswagen’s commitment to electromobility and underline the huge potential power that the E-drive can deliver on regular roads in the future. The car is powered by two electric engines with a system capacity of 500 kW (680 PS) and weighs less than 1,100 kilograms, including the driver. Itis being further developed for the attempt “We will modify the aerodynamics of the ID. R, in order to cope with the conditions on the Nordschleife,” says François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director at Volkswagen Motorsport. The Nordschleife winds its way through the Eifel region at between 320 and 617 metres above sea level. The iconic German circuit has a very unique characteristic, not least thanks to the long Döttinger Höhe straight. “As part of our meticulous preparations for the record attempt, we will put the ID. R through an intense test and development programme at various racetracks in the spring,” Demaison adds. The record attempt is planned for the summer.
The talented Romain Dumas, who has four victories in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring to his name, will be at the wheel for the record attempt. “The thought of driving the ID. R on the Nordschleife is enough to give me goosebumps. I know the track very well, but the ID. R will be a completely different challenge, with its extreme acceleration and huge cornering speeds,” says Dumas. “I can hardly wait for the first tests. Breaking the existing electric record will certainly not be a stroll in the park.” The current record for fully-electric vehicles stands at 6:45.90 minutes – at an average speed of almost 185 km/h – and was set in 2017 by Britain’s Peter Dumbreck in a NIO EP9.
The I.D. R’s next challenge is the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road. Driver Romain Dumas will once again take the wheel.
The road, nicknamed ‘Road to Heaven,’ winds its way up Tianmen Mountain, in China. The road is nearly seven miles long, starting at 200 metres above sea level and eventually reaching a height of 1,300 metres. The mountain’s summit rises another 200 metres from the road itself.
As there is no official record for the road yet, Volkswagen China will run a competition before Dumas sets his time in the I.D. R.
Participants will have the opportunity to set their own virtual record, which Dumas will then attempt to beat.
“So far, I only know the road from photos and a few videos,” said Dumas. “The surrounding area is remarkable, like a ﬁlm set.”
Dumas will attempt to set the record in September 2019.