That’s right, having already destroyed the record at Pikes Peak, Volkswagen’s ID. R racing car has been out hunting lap records again, this time at the infamous Nürburgring. Taking on the Green Hell with nothing but electric power, the incredible car has decimated the standing EV lap time and landed second on the list of all-time lap records.
You may be thinking that ‘decimated’ is quite a strong word; it can’t have been that quick? Well, the ID. R set a final lap time of 6m 05.3s, that’s over 40 seconds faster than the previous electric record set by the NIO EP9 (6m 45.9s). In racing terms, that’s a lifetime. What’s more, the ID. R’s lap time sits below only the sensational Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Tribute (5m 19.6s) that finally broke Stefan Bellof’s unbreakable lap time last year.
That means that the Nürburgring all-time list is now headed by a hybrid and an all-electric car; somewhat of a triumph for alternate energy, nicely demonstrating the leap forward that the tech has made in recent history.
Despite laps at the Nürburgring and Pikes Peak being similar in length, Volkswagen’s ID. R required a host of changes prior to this record attempt, in order to ensure it could cope with the higher average speed of the Green Hell. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as just turning the electric motors up and increasing power, as you also have to consider battery life conservation.
The answer was to make the Volkswagen ID. R more slippery whilst also maintaining downforce and cornering performance. This meant a smaller front splitter, a redesigned underfloor and a smaller rear wing (believe it or not, that’s the smaller wing) with an added Drag Reduction System (DRS) for lower air resistance and reduced battery consumption on the long straights. You can read more about these adaptions on our previous news story here.
Power remained the same for the lap record attempt, meaning that the Volkswagen ID. R still produced 670bhp from its twin electric motors. The whole car weighing just 1,100kg, those electric motors fired the Volkswagen ID. R from 0-62mph in around 2.25 seconds and on to a top speed of over 155mph.
The Volkswagen ID. R leads the charge for Volkswagen’s electric car movement; demonstrating and developing technologies that will someday find their way into VW’s electric road cars.
With a plan to offer 70 fully electric models across the Volkswagen Group by 2030, the Group have used the ID R platform to accelerate their research and to raise awareness of EV technology.
When reporting on the ID. R's lap record, Top Gear raised the question "is electric power now the only way to set a Nürburgring record?" ... what do you think?