The Volkswagen I.D. R's electric car shocked the world as he set the overall record at Colorado's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. But now maybe VW is aiming for an even bigger target. Autocar announces that the German automaker is the I.D. R to the Nürburgring to set a record. A lap record provides the ultimate boastful rights.
Citing anonymous sources with knowledge of I.D. Autocar claims that Volkswagen will try to set the lap record at the Nürburgring for electric cars, which is currently held by Nio. The Chinese startup EP9 recorded a time of 6: 45.9 in 201
The internal simulations of Volkswagen show that the ID. According to Autocar, R is much faster than the EP9. So fast that the electric car could beat the entire lap record at the Nürburgring. This record was set in June 2018 by the Porsche 919 Evo Hybrid, a heavily modified racing car of a sibling brand of VW. The 919 Evo overtook the 12.9-mile racetrack in 5: 19.55, breaking the lap record of 6: 11.13 (1983).
A Volkswagen insider told Autocar that the engineers already had lap times of around 5:30 in simulations, he added, "We'll be more."
The ID R was specifically designed to set the record at the Electric cars breaking at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a point-to-point race on Pikes Peak in Colorado. But the I.D. R ended up breaking the overall record and made a strong statement about the possibilities of electric cars. If VW can do the same at the Nürburgring, the power consumption on an even bigger stage will affect the combustion of the combustion. But a lap record is far from guaranteed.
Since it was developed specifically for Pikes Peak, the I.D. R has to be changed for the Nürburgring. According to Autocar, aerodynamic improvements are made to allow a higher top speed, as well as changes to the four-wheel drive system. The ID. R uses two electric motors – one for each axle – that together produce 680 horsepower and 479 pound-foot torque.
The electric powertrain gives the I.D. An advantage at Pikes Peak, where the altitude of the combustion engines oxygen and thus takes the force. Volkswagen does not have this advantage at the Nürburgring. The ID. R may even be at a disadvantage due to its heavy battery. The ID. R weighs 2,400 pounds, compared to the 1,871-pound weight of the Porsche 919 Evo. At least Volkswagen will stay with driver Romain Dumas, who set the Pikes Peak record. As the four-time winner of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, he is familiar with the track.
Volkswagen posted time at the Nürburgring in May 2019, according to Autocar, suggesting he might try to set a record. This would contribute to the first production of I.D. Electric cars start in Europe during the year. Some of these cars will eventually arrive in the United States.