The I.D. R. Will Take On the Challenge

Volkswagen will have driver Romain Dumas take a chance at the EV lap time record around the Nürburgring in its electric I.D. R. zero-emissions electric racecar. VW will attempt the run this summer. 

Before the German company decides to go after the EV title at the track, it will make some updates the I.D. R., according to Carscoops. The updates will include aerodynamic changes to the machine. The power output of 670 hp 650 lb-ft of torque from its two electric motors will remain the same. 

In its current set up, the I.D. R. is capable of hitting 62 mph from a standstill in just two seconds. The aerodynamic upgrades shouldn’t impact this stat, but those changes should help the vehicle corner around the 12.9-mile racetrack. there are 75 corners on the track, so being able to take them at as high a speed as possible is vitally important for setting a good lap time.

In order to beat the record, VW’s electric racer will have to complete the lap in less than 6:45.90. The current record is held by the NIO EP9, which set the record in 2017. The driver behind the wheel of the NIO EP9 was Peter Dumbreck. 

Romain Dumas thinks he will be able to beat Dumbreck’s time. However, he did say that the time Dumbreck put down in 2017 will be hard to beat. “The thought of driving the I.D. R on the Nordschleife is already enough to give me goosebumps,” he said. 

When VW attempts to make the run this summer we’ll be watching and will let you know how much faster they complete it, if they can break the record at all.