VIDEO: Volkswagen ID.R sets EV lap record on Nurburgring

Record lap marks third record set by electric racecar in less than a year

Published: June 6, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:53 PM

Volkswagen ID.R sets EV lap record at Nurburgring

The Volkswagen ID.R continues to rewrite the record books, this time completing the fastest ever lap on the Nürburgring by an electric car.

Following up on record runs on Pikes Peak and at the Goodwood hill climb, the ID.R all-wheel drive electric racecar has now lapped the 20.832-km Nürburgring-Nordschleife in six minutes and 5.336 seconds (averaging 206.96 km/h), breaking the previous record by 40.564 seconds, and also setting the second fastest recorded lap time ever (maybe third, but a BMW F1 test lap by Nick Heidfeld rumoured to be 5:57 or 5:58, was never officially timed).

“The Nordschleife of the Nürburgring is not only the world’s most demanding racetrack, it is also the ultimate test for production vehicles,” said Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Board of Management. “The ID.R has mastered this challenge with great distinction and has completed the fastest emission-free lap of all time. As further proof of its impressive performance capabilities, Volkswagen’s e-mobility can now proudly call itself ‘Nürburgring-approved.’”

The car was again driven by Frenchman Romain Dumas, who has four times raced to victory in the Nürburgring 24-hour race, and less than a year ago set the all-time record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and followed that up three weeks later with an electric-car record on the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“To be a record-holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud. For me, this is the best and most difficult racetrack in the world,” said Dumas. “I want to thank the team at Volkswagen Motorsport, who have once again done a fantastic job. The ID.R was perfectly prepared for the Nordschleife and it was so much fun to experience the blistering acceleration and rapid cornering speeds.”

The ID.R was modified for its Nordschleife lap, “evolved” with aerodynamics adapted for the highest speed possible (rather than for downforce), chassis tuning from extensive simulations, energy management, and picking just the right tires.