The all-electric Volkswagen ID.R race car is set to tilt at the Nurburgring Nordschleife record for an electric car, to add to its records in the Pikes Peak and Goodwood hillclimbs.
The ID.R has been heavily modified for the attempt on the 12.9-mile Nordschleife. With speeds expected to reach nearly 170mph, the aerodynamics have been completely redesigned. New front and rear wings reduce drag and that rear wing now features a Formula 1 style drag reduction system to make the ID.R even more slippery on the long straights.
Upgrades have also been made to the power management system to help the car’s 671bhp get it up to speed faster whilst draining the pair of lithium-ion batteries at a slower rate.
The ID.R was built to beat the electric car record on the infamously treacherous Pikes Peak hillclimb in 2018. But, with driver Romain Dumas at the wheel, it exceeded expectations spectacularly. With a time of 7mins 57.148secs, it not only smashed the electric car record by 59.07secs but also broke the outright record, becoming the very first car to dip under the eight minute mark in the event’s century-long history.
Later in the year, Dumas set another record on the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, wiping more than four seconds off the EV record with a time of 43.05secs. The ID.R then won the Shootout competition, setting the third-fastest time in the event’s history.
Dumas will once again take the wheel for the attempt on the ‘Ring, a place he knows like the back of his hand having won the Nurburgring 24 Hours race four times. The existing EV record stands at 6mins 45.90secs, set by the Nio EP9 hypercar. The outright record stands at 5mins 19.545secs, set by the Porsche 919 Evo.
Fans can have a go at the record, too, on the free-to-play RaceRoom on-line simulator.
By Graham King