The Volkswagen I.D. R is the second-fastest car to ever lap the Nurburgring and the fastest electric vehicle. See how fast it is thanks to this video and new data recently released by the German carmaker.
Volkswagen's I.D. R electric racer is undoubtedly the fastest electric vehicle in the world right now. It first shattered the Pikes Peak Hillclimb record last year, and just last June it once again shattered the Nurburgring lap record for electric vehicles at 6:05.336. That's over 40 seconds faster than the previous record-holder, the NIO EP9, at 6:45.9.
It's also the second-fastest vehicle to ever lap the Nurburgring, just beating out the previous 2nd place Porsche 956 C racer at 6:11.13. However, it's still nowhere near the all-time record-holding Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO LMP1 racer, which ran the Green Hell at just over 5 minutes.
Recently, VW released some interesting performance statistics to go with the I.D. R’s record-setting run. Starting with energy consumption, the VW I.D. R sipped 24.7 kWh of energy during the lap, which is roughly one-quarter the amount that a GT3 racer would consume in terms of fuel.
However, The Ring’s 12.9-mile track is a little long for the I.D. R to run flat-out without killing its battery. To keep going, the I.D. R uses regenerative braking and a small generator to ensure the battery doesn’t die mid-run. The generator runs on glycerin, which is a type of sugar alcohol, and “burns virtually without any harmful emissions or residues,” while the regenerative brakes provided 9.2% of the overall power consumed during the run.
Top speed during the run was just 169.6 mph, which is relatively slow but also showcases the I.D. R's acceleration and braking. Since the average speed was just over 128 mph, the I.D. R could run into corners while braking far later than normal race cars, and accelerate out of them at faster speeds.
It could also take corners at ludicrously high speeds, pulling over 3 Gs in many situations. The highest cornering forces amounted to 3.49 Gs, which would have whipped driver Romain Dumas head around like a ragdoll. Dumais comments that he specifically exercises his neck muscles with a weighted helmet to train for his record-setting run.