Volkswagen is planning on bringing it’s I.D. R electric racer to the Nurburgring for a possible record attempt.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen shattered the world record at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, achieving a time of just 7 minutes and 57.15 seconds. Now, Volkswagen wants to bring the same technology that conquered Pikes Peak to set a new record at Germany’s Nürburgring race track.
The likeliest record to beat is the current record holder of the fastest EV, held by the Chinese-made NIO EP9 with a time of 6 minutes and 45.9 seconds. The fastest time overall is held by the Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO, a highly modified Le Mans race car made specifically to conquer the Nurburgring and set a very high bar for all others to come.
The Hybrid EVO managed a time of just 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds--a full minute and 20 seconds faster than the next fastest time, set by a modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
VW has booked The Ring for May to set their attempt, but they have a lot of work ahead of them before then. Speaking with British car mag Autocar, a Volkswagen Motorsports insider said that simulator work is already underway.
“We’re still at an early stage of preparation, but we’ve already seen lap times below 5min 30sec in the simulator,” they said, adding: “There’s more to come, we’re sure.”
The I.D. R racer is an electric race car with few peers. Powered by twin electric motors (one for each axle), the I.D. R boasts 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The car is given plenty of downforce thanks to a massive rear wing and body designed to hug the road as much as possible--a necessary feature given the car’s paltry 2,500 curb weight.
Zero to sixty in its Pikes Peak form was accomplished in just 2.25 seconds. VW will certainly be reducing the downforce to better accommodate The Ring’s straightaways, while modifications to the powertrain are also planned for higher top speeds.
We’ll learn more next year as we get closer to May’s big run.