Watch Nico Rosberg hammer the Volkswagen ID.R race car around the Nürburgring
It does 0-60 in 1.65 seconds! 😱
Former F1 driver and 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg is very active on YouTube and regularly posts updates and reviews on his channel, mostly involving extremely powerful performance cars. He's also a big electric car fan and he's recently taken one of the fastest-accelerating cars on the planet around the Nürburgring .
The car in question is the all-electric Volkswagen ID.R race car, also known as ID.R Pikes Peak because that's where it was first unveiled, a dual-motor, 680-hp carbon fibre monster. This being a track-only car, VW didn't have to worry about any homologation-related malarkey and decided to focus entirely on performance and power.
The ID.R features two electric units, one at each axle, producing a combined power output of 680 hp and 479 of torque. It only weighs south of 1,100 kg including the driver (assuming the driver weighs between 60 and 70-75 kg) and it does 0-60 in 1.65 seconds.
In 2018, the I.D. R became the first car to complete the hill climb in under eight minutes, setting a new record at 7:57.148 with an average speed of 93.77 mph. Twelve months later, the ID.R also completed a full lap of the 'Ring in just over 6 minutes (6:05.336) riding on tailor made Bridgestone Potenza tyres. Apart from the Pikes Peak and Nürburgring records, the ID.R also holds a record on Goodwood Hill in Great Britain and Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China.
It was rainy and cold at the 'Ring but Nico still managed to get acquainted with the car quickly and easily. “It’s been a while since I have driven a real race car in the rain" Rosberg said, "I immediately felt like a fish in water in the ID.R. It feels fantastic to drive".
The Volkswagen ID. series, the family of all-electric cars, only includes hatchbacks and SUVs at the moment and that's when you consider the two models that are currently available but also the six concept cars that are going to be unveiled in 2021, 2022 and 2023. There's no plan for an electric sportscar yet and I believe that's mostly because we should be expecting a few changes within the group in the next few years.
What is your opinion? Should the VW group build more sportscars with the VW brand or should they use one of the (many) other brands they control/own?