Volkswagen Is Optimizing The Electric ID. R For Its Nurburgring Assault

Volkswagen is hard at work refining the design of its all-electric ID. R race car prior to its outing in the Nordschleife.

The German giant debuted the racing prototype last year and demolished the record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year, the ID. R will tackle the most famous racetrack in the world in an attempt to set a new record for an electric vehicle. While the I.D R could probably set a scorching lap time around the ‘Ring in Pikes Peak-configuration, Volkswagen is developing a selection of new parts for it.

One of the big changes made to the car is the fitment of a new rear wing that incorporates a Formula 1-inspired Drag Reduction System (DRS). At the touch of a button, the driver will be able to open up an element of the rear wing which will reduce downforce by approximately 20 per cent and lower the car’s drag. Additionally, the DRS will allow the ID. R to reach its top speed faster and by using less energy.

Volkswagen has been testing the new aerodynamic elements for the ID. R in the wind tunnel and even 3D-printed a number of exterior parts.

One of the biggest differences between the Nurburgring and Pikes Peak is that the former is situated at about 600 meters (1968 ft) above sea level, while Pikes Peak tops out at 4,302 meters (14,114 feet). Volkswagen has adapted the vehicle’s floor and developed a new front splitter to better deal with the denser air at the Nurburgring.

The ID R will be driven by Romain Dumas, who will try to beat the NIO EP9’s 6:45.90 time, which is currently the best lap ever recorded by an EV. The outright fastest lap stands at 5:19.55, and was posted last June by a Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo with Timo Bernhard behind the wheel.

more photos...
  • Matteo Tommasi

    Given that the 6:45 was set by the Nio EP9, a road car, they need to crash to be slower.

  • kandra

    Start earning per month Up to $5008 by working for Old Dominion Freight Line over internet. There are various benefits of working via internet at home for instance you are your own boss. There is no one telling you what to do,grab your laptop computer with net connection, carry it to sea beach or even a park or mountain, and carry out your tasks peacefully with nature, potential to earn money is almost endless all depending on you. You will be able to reach all yourambitions by working over the internet ,that has limits when you work 9 to 5 in a office job. You want to spend time every day with your loved ones ,or go on a familyholiday? On job you have to seek permission from your employer. Online earning, simply take your laptop with you on your family trip.You enjoy the luxury to be financially FREE. Here’s the ultimate way to start ==> SIGER.WIN/XPquk

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 .

All-Wheel Drive Latest Makers’ Trick To Prop Up Sedan Sales

If you can’t beat the SUVs, you might want to kinda join them instead of quit.

600 HP Fiat Uno Is The Most Unlikely Of Drag Racers

Powering this Fiat Uno is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 600 hp.

Is The BMW F80 M3 CS As Special As Its Predecessors?

The final episode of Carfection’s The M3 Masterpieces web series features the F80 M3 CS.

Driven: 2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Is A Heavyweight Boxer

Instead of copying the Germans, the RC F has chosen to be an old-school brute.