Romain Dumas’ record-breaking attempt.
Volkswagen Motorsport offered Jonny and videographer Mark exclusive access to the ID.R’s testing and record breaking attempt at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. A testing day in May, followed by the record attempt on June 3 saw the modified 500kW 680PS ID.R (the car we featured breaking the record at the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado last year)
With French LeMans and four-time Nurburgring 24hr champion Romain Dumas at the wheel, the existing ‘green hell’ EV record (set by the NIO EP9 in 2017) was beaten by 40.564 seconds, with a final time of 6:05.336 minutes. Even more impressive was the 206km/h average speed over the notorious 73-turn 20.8km long Nurburgring-Nordschleife.
The demands of this circuit on an EV were totally different to that of the high altitude Pikes Peak, hence why the battery management system and aerodynamic bodywork were changed (less downforce, more top speed) for VW’s somewhat local challenge.
This video follows the e-record and how the Volkswagen Motorsport and Bridgestone tyre teams worked closely in order to add another accolade to their EV flagship that is spending 2019 trying to set numerous new records.