Volkswagen ID.R sets new electric record at Nürburgring Nordschleife
Volkswagen Motorsport has achieved another milestone in electro-mobility and broke the third record within just twelve months. The Volkswagen ID.R, driven by the French racing veteran Romain Dumas and powered by two electric motors, lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 6:05.336 minutes, faster than any electric vehicle before it.
Romain Dumas beat the previous record set by Peter Dumbreck in the NIO EP9 in 2017 by 40.564 seconds. With an average speed of 206.96 km/h, the ID.R once again underlined the impressive performance capabilities of Volkswagen’s electric drive with 500 kW (680 PS).
“The Nordschleife of the Nürburgring is not only the world’s most demanding race track, but it is also the ultimate test for production vehicles. The ID.R has mastered this challenge with great distinction and has completed the fastest emission-free lap of all time. As further proof of its impressive performance capabilities, Volkswagen’s e-mobility can now proudly call itself ‘Nürburgring-approved’. I congratulate the team from Volkswagen Motorsport and driver Romain Dumas on the third record for the ID.R,” said Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group.
Before attacking Nordschleife, Volkswagen ID.R already set two track records. On 24 June 2018, Romain Dumas achieved the absolute track record of 7:57.148 minutes at the renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA. Just three weeks later, he achieved a new best time for electric cars of 43.86 seconds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England.
For Romain Dumas, who is a four-time winner of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the record lap with the ID.R is another highlight on his favourite track.
“To be a record-holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud. For me, this is the best and most difficult race track in the world. I 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,” said Dumas.
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