The electric race car will attempt to break the current EV lap record on the famous 20.83 km Nordschleife track
Volkswagen has started the testing of its revamped electric racer ID. R at the world-renowned Nürburgring-Nordschleife track, just days after its release.
Following Volkswagen’s improvements and with French race driver Romain Duman behind the wheel, the new product is set to break the current EV lap record of 6:45.90 minutes.
“On the Nordschleife lap, the ID. R will reach an average speed of more than 180 km/h – with a top speed on the straight of up to 270 km/h. We have therefore developed a completely new aerodynamic package with Drag Reduction System, as well as optimised the energy management, which controls the power output of the two electric motors and energy recovery under braking,” explains François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director of Volkswagen Motorsport.
Aside from the revised aerodynamics for higher top speeds, and the new Formula 1-style Drag Reduction System, which increases efficiency on the smaller rear wing, the ID. R prototype has been updated with Bridgestone tyres and 500 kW electric motors.
Included in the system are two lithium-ion battery blocks which serve as energy storage on board the ID. R, and were constructed with expertise from Volkswagen’s production development.
“Once again, this time in 2019, the ID. R will demonstrate the great potential of electric drive, combining emissions-free technology with true emotion. The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is the next step on the journey of the ID. R, a car that provides a symbol of the future significance of electric drive in all of motorsport at Volkswagen. To see the ID. R take to this legendary race track for the first time will be a moment guaranteed to give you goose bumps,” said Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director.
Dumas, who has already won the famous 24-hour Nürburgring race four times, previously broke a new EV benchmark record in the I.D. R during the English Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“I have already driven the Nordschleife with the ID. R on the simulator countless times. But the true feeling from the incredibly high cornering speeds you only get when you’re on the actual track. The extent to which the ID. R has been continuously developed compared to 2018 is impressive,” says Dumas.
Dumas will not be the only person driving the ID.R on the well-known track. In an industry-first, the EV race car will also become available to drive on the Nordschleife in an online racing simulation that can be downloaded free of charge on RaceRoom.
Alongside the release of the e-racer, Volkswagen has published a digital booklet “Electric to the max – the record-chasing ID. R”, introducing its newly developed ID range and outlining the challenges ahead in 2019. Over 56 pages, it explains the development of the first fully electric race car from Volkswagen.