Volkswagen looking to break the Nurburgring lap record with the I.D. R
Volkswagen is on a set course of taking every major record in the car world with their I.D. R prototype, which started with taking the Pikes Peak record last year, and setting a time of 7 minutes, 57.148 seconds. This was 16 seconds faster than the previous record.
Only a weeks later, the I.D. R headed to the Goodwood Festival of Speed where it set another record. It managed to set an electric car record at 43.05 seconds, only missing out on the overall record by a few seconds which was set by a 1998 McLaren MP4/13 F1 car.
If you haven't already figured this out, the I.D. R is insanely fast. This is partly helped by its driver, Romain Dumas who piloted it up Pikes Peak and the driveway at Goodwood. Now, Volkswagen and Dumas have a new target in sight; the Nurburgring.
Unlike the other two records, the Nurburgring is dramatically different, as it would be a lap instead of a point to point sprint. When it comes to the car, a few things would have to be changed, which include the aerodynamics and the suspension set up, to name a few. To get the car and Dumas ready for the Nurburgring, the car will undergo an intense test and development programme at a number of race tracks in the spring.
Dumas also had his own thought about the record attempt: “The thought of driving the ID. R on the Nordschleife is already enough to give me goosebumps. I know the track very well, but the ID. R will be a completely different challenge, with its extreme acceleration and huge cornering speeds.”
But the real question is, will Volkswagen and Dumas actually do it? The current electric car record at the Nurburgring was set by a Nio EP9 with a time of 6 minutes 45.9 seconds. The I.D. R is down on power but it is lighter and seems to be far more aerodynamic than the Nio EP9. It would be a bit shocking (pun intended) if the I.D. R wouldn't take the electric car record at the 'Ring.
Sure, Porsche absolutely blitzed the previous overall record at the 'Ring last year with the 919 EVO where it set a lap time of 5 minutes 19.545 seconds. That's a difficult time to beat but it would be amazing if the I.D. R could come close to that time.
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