The Volkswagen ID.R has lopped a whopping 40 seconds off the EV lap record on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. With four-time Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas at the wheel, the ID.R posted a time of 6mins 5.336secs.

That’s 40.564secs quicker than the previous EV benchmark, set by the NIO EP9 back in 2017. And it’s only 45secs off the Porsche 919 Evo’s outright record of 5mins 19.546secs.

In the last year, the ID.R had already set the all-time record in the fearsome Pikes Peak hillclimb, with a time of 7mins 57.148secs, and set a 43.86secs record for EVs on the Goodwood hillclimb.

The ID.R was much modified for the ‘Ring record, trading downforce for extra speed at the top-end. Dumas briefly touches 263km/h (163mph) – not all that fast in the grand scheme of things.

What made the difference, though, is the massive speed Dumas was able to carry through corners, despite the relative lack of downforce. And the slingshot acceleration out of slower turns.

β€œTo be a record-holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud,” Dumas said. β€œI want to thank the team at Volkswagen Motorsport, who have once again done a fantastic job. The ID.R was perfectly prepared for the Nordschleife and it was so much fun to experience the blistering acceleration and rapid cornering speeds.”

EV technology is developing at such a pace that it surely won’t be long before one is able to challenge Porsche’s all-time ‘Ring lap record.

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By Graham King