Nürburgring Nordschleife Next Stop For VW’s ID R Electric Racer

Volkswagen Motorsport is putting the final touches on the ID R ahead of the greatest challenge yet for its electric race car: breaking the Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap record for EVs.

The automaker has adopted a methodic approach to preparing for this challenge, with the ID R first winning the “Race to the Clouds” at Pikes Peak and then completing a series of tests in the wind tunnel and at racetracks in Spain and France.

During the most recent test sessions at Le Castellet and Alès in France, engineers focused on energy management software, which is critical if you want to go flat out on a challenging 20.8-kilometer (12.9-mile) racetrack like the Nordschleife.

The objective was to come up with the ideal set-up for the electric drivetrain ahead of the record attempt that will take place this summer with Romain Dumas at the wheel.

“The 2019 evolution of the race car has taken every aspect of the technology to the next level. This is also true of the electric drivetrain, which has become even more efficient ahead of the e-lap record attempt on the Nordschleife,” said François-Xavier Demaison, Volkswagen Motorsport Technical Director.

To manage energy in an effective way, the ID R uses high-performance computers that handle power output control for both electric motors and brake energy recovery (regeneration). The two electric motors in the ID R provide a total of 500 kW (680 PS/671 hp) of power to drive all four wheels. According to VW, the precise power output for both motors and the regeneration can be adjusted variably to suit any situation on the racetrack.

Officially, VW’s target at the Nürburgring is to beat the current fastest time of 6:45.90 minutes set by the 1,341hp Nio EP9 in May 2017. However, rumor has it that the automaker will also have a go at the overall lap record set by the 1,160hp Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo last year. That would be a truly sensational achievement considering the Porsche lapped the “Green Hell” in just 5:19.55 minutes.

We’ll soon see what the ID R is capable of as the racer will soon undergo its first session on the Nordschleife.


more photos...
  • ICE as a technology is a dinosaur, and we will see more and more proof of it.

“I Eat Ass Decal” Lands Man In Jail, But He Might Get The Last Laugh

Following the arrest, officials decided not to prosecute the case over First Amendment concerns.

2019 Mercedes C-Class Is Still A First-Class Premium Cruiser

If it’s comfort you’re looking for, the revamped C-Class is still your best choice in the segment.

Volkswagen T-Cross Manages To Make A Very Good Case For Itself

The T-Cross can be flashy if that’s what the buyer wants, but it can also look very civilized.

New Suzuki Jimny Is Aimed At 4×4 Enthusiasts, But How Does It Go On Tarmac?

Its USP might be its unique off-roading abilities, yet the new Jimny doesn’t do that bad on tarmac, either.

Brown Sugar: This Audi A6 Sedan Is Oh So Sweetly Specced

Whoever ordered this A6 did a thorough search through the Audi Exclusive color palette.

Citroen Golden Scarab Recreates 120-Year-Old Automotive Legend

The Scarabee d’Or was the first car to have crossed the Sahara Desert, and his is a brand-new replica.

Co-Driver Makes A Total Mess Of Navigating In Rally Stage

The driver of this Mazda MX-5 was left a little dumbfounded by his navigator’s pace notes…

Wide-Body Chevy Camaro SS On Custom Wheels Is A Drama Queen

It might not be to everyone’s taste, but this tuned Camaro SS is a head-turning car.

Mazda Says 76 Per Cent Of Miata Buyers Opt For Stick Shifts

The MX-5 soft top is more frequently optioned with the manual than the RF targa.

The Grand National Is A Buick With Some Real Desirability

The Buick Grand National sports a 300 HP, 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 .