As you may have seen over the last year, Volkswagen’s all-electric ID R racing car has set a host of record times across the world’s most prolific race tracks; arguably one of the most impressive being the Nürburgring record that was around 40 seconds faster than the previous time. Now, making the record even more incredible, Volkswagen have released stats about that lap.
The first and most surprising stat is probably that the VW ID R only used 24.7kWh of battery power to cover the lap; to put that into context, it’s just 25% of the energy used by a GT3 race car to cover the same 12.92-mile lap. It’s also only 55% of the car’s 45kWh maximum battery capacity, which is impressive when you consider the car was turned up to the max.
Whilst covering the lap, the strongest deceleration produced a negative acceleration of 2.7g and, in total, 9.2% of the energy used during the lap was made by brake regeneration. Talking of max g-force, during the lap, driver Romain Dumas was subjected to no end of force, experiencing a peak of 3.49g as he flew through the Kallenhard section of the track.
G-forces like that aren’t all that surprising when you learn that Dumas kept the ID R’s average speed at 127.3mph and reached top speed within 3.7 miles of the lap’s start.
In fact, Dumas was so serious about keeping the speed up that he activated the ID R’s drag reduction system (DRS) 23 times during the lap; that means a quarter of the total lap was under DRS.
The result of these stats was a lap time of 6:05.336, beating the previous EV record of 6:45.9 by some 40 seconds (a lifetime by motorsport standards). The lap also established the Volkswagen ID R as the second fastest car to ever lap the Nürburgring, sitting below only the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Tribute.
The Volkswagen ID R sits atop the all-electric range from the brand, demonstrating in an extreme way the capability of electric vehicles. The ID R also acts as a test bed for the brand’s EV technology and we can expect to see many of the lessons learned appear on their future EV cars. So far, the ID R has been a very successful test bed, taking records at Pikes Peak, Nürburgring and, most recently, the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
We can’t help but wonder where the Volkswagen ID R will strike next; could the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Tribute’s lap at Spa be the next target? We’ll just have to wait and see. Where would you most like the Volkswagen ID R to head next? Let us know on Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.