Volkswagen I.D. R is prepared for its Nürburgring lap report try


Volkswagen on Wednesday revealed the most recent iteration of its I.D. R all-electric racing automotive, which on Thursday will try to set a brand new lap report on the Nürburgring. The purpose is to beat the present electric-car ‘Ring report of 6 minutes, 45.9 seconds, which was set by the Nio EP9 in 2017.

The Volkswagen I.D. R already has some fairly critical lap instances below its belt, having set a brand new Pikes Pike Worldwide Hill Climb report and an electric-car report on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity. With Germany’s famed Nürburgring not solely the worldwide benchmark in opposition to which all fashionable vehicles are examined, in addition to being in VW’s homeland, it is no shock the corporate has its eyes set on trouncing Nio’s Inexperienced Hell lap time. As at Pikes Peak, the I.D. R shall be pushed by racing driver Romain Dumas.

A brand new wing, new brakes and different technical modifications put together the I.D. R for the Inexperienced Hell.


The I.D. R has been modified considerably to be used on the Nürburgring, beginning with new electronics for charging and discharging the dual lithium-ion battery packs on the observe. Whereas at Pikes Peak the I.D. R was in a position to extract about 20 p.c of the ability it wanted by way of regenerative braking, on the Nordschleife VW mentioned it predicts that determine will solely be about 10 p.c.

The automotive’s aerodynamic parts have additionally been redesigned, with a brand new entrance spoiler and totally enclosed underbody designed for greater speeds. The brand new rear wing reduces the I.D. R’s whole peak by 8.7 inches in comparison with prior variations. General, the automotive has 33 p.c much less aerodynamic drag than the Pikes Peak model, but VW nonetheless claims whole downforce is “roughly twice as a lot” downforce as a Method 1 automotive. A drag discount system can briefly decrease drag by 20 p.c.

The I.D. R because it appeared at Pikes Peak.


Different modifications embody the set up of carbon-fiber brake discs, which VW says are usually not solely lighter than the automotive’s prior ceramic discs but additionally lighter. All advised, the I.D. R weighs “lower than” 2,425 kilos, together with the driving force.

As when it campaigned at Pikes Peak, the I.D. R can have loads of energy at its disposal. Its twin electrical motors produce 670 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, directed to the street by way of Bridgestone Potenza race tires. VW claims the automotive will speed up to 62 mph in simply 2.25 seconds, with prime pace estimated at 168 mph. Much more unimaginable is that across the ‘Ring, VW expects an common pace of greater than 112 mph.

Verify again with Roadshow quickly to see how briskly the Volkswagen I.D. R can lap the Nürburgring and whether or not it could actually crack Nio’s electric-car lap report.


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