Fully electric prototype racer clocked in at 6:05.336 minutes
Congratulations are in order for Volkswagen, as its ID.R racer set a 6:05.336-minute lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, setting a new record for electric vehicles. Driver Romain Dumas beat the previous record—set by the NIO EP9—by 40.564 seconds. It’s the third big win claimed by Dumas and the ID.R, which also set records in the hill climbs at Pikes Peak (7:57.148 minutes) and the Goodwood Festival of Speed (43.86 seconds).
“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, a four-time winner of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, in a statement.
The flagship 500-kW (671-hp) EV race car is powered by two electric motors and had an average speed of 128 mph (206 km/h) during its victorious run. The ID.R was wearing a set of sticky tires and received a complete makeover for its new record run, including an aerodynamic configuration adapted for speed instead of downforce at the world-famous track. The latter setup was required for the Pike’s Peak record.
To put the electric racer’s lap into perspective, the quickest production vehicle around the Nordschleife is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, with a time of 6:44:97. The quickest overall remains the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Le Mans race car at 5:19:55.
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