Volkswagen has their eyes set a new Nürburgring lap record and the company has released details about their upcoming run in the ID.R.
Set to take place this summer with Romain Dumas behind the wheel, the ID.R will be specially configured for the Nürburgring record attempt.
Volkswagen Motorsport is still fine tuning the car, but said the ID.R will be equipped with a new aerodynamics package that is significantly different than the one used at Pikes Peak last year. As technical director François-Xavier Demaison explained, “In the thin air of Pikes Peak, which sits 4,302 meters (14,114 feet) above sea level, we gave the ID. R a very big rear wing to produce the maximum amount of downforce.”
For the Nürburgring, the car will be focused on having the “greatest efficiency possible.” This means the model will be outfitted with a smaller rear wing, an optimized front splitter and a modified underbody. The company has been running simulations with modified components and will soon begin testing them in a wind tunnel. Afterwards, the components will be fitted to the car and used for proper test drives.
Besides the aerodynamic changes, Volkswagen hinted at new tires and a retuned suspension. The company didn’t go into specifics, but said they will need to “adapt suspension components for the higher loads of the Nordschleife.”
Volkswagen will also optimize the car’s battery management system, but it will apparently use a carryover powertrain. As a result, we can expect two electric motors that produce a combined output of 671 hp (500 kW / 680 PS) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.
In order to claim a new record, Volkswagen will have to beat the current lap record of 6:45.90 which was set by the NIO EP9 in 2017.