VW ID.R Sets New EV Lap Record On The Nürburgring With Time Of 6:05.336

The rumors were true. Volkswagen has set a new electric vehicle lap record on the Nürburgring with their ID.R race car.

Driven by Romain Dumas, the ID.R was able to lap the Nordschleif in 6:05.336 minutes. This demolished the previous record – set by Peter Dumbreck in the NIO EP9 – by 40.564 seconds. That’s an impressive feat made possible by that fact that Dumas had an average speed of 128.59 mph (206.96 km/h).

Following the lap, Dumas said “To be a record-holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud. The ID.R was perfectly prepared for the Nordschleife and it was so much fun to experience the blistering acceleration and rapid cornering speeds.”

His sentiments were echoed by Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess who said “The Nordschleife of the Nürburgring is not only the world’s most demanding race track, it is also the ultimate test for production vehicles. The ID.R has mastered this challenge with great distinction and has completed the fastest emission-free lap of all time.”

Diess went on to congratulate Dumas and say the company can now call its electric vehicle technology Nürburgring-approved.  This is important for Volkswagen as it is preparing to launch an assortment of electric vehicles, spearheaded by the ID.3.

This isn’t the ID.R’s first record as the racer has previously set a record of 7:57.148 minutes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018.  Three weeks later, the model set an electric vehicle record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a time of 43.86 seconds.

Also Read: Volkswagen ID R Shatters The Pikes Peak Record At 7:57.148

As we have previously reported, the ID.R was specially configured for its Nürburgring run.  In particular, the car was outfitted with a unique aerodynamics package which focused on allowing higher speeds rather than generating maximum downforce.

Volkswagen also optimized the car’s battery management system.  However, it still features a familiar powertrain with two electric motors that produce a combined output of 671 hp (500 kW / 680 PS) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.


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  • eb110americana

    While this is a purpose-built race car, that time is all the more impressive when comparing it with the leading road-legal production car record of 6:44.97 for the Aventador SVJ. At nearly 40 seconds/lap faster than the V12 Lambo, it is pretty clear that battery technology is all that stands in the way of electric cars usurping internal combustion as the performance propulsion of choice. As we have watched charge times continue to fall, I am certain that this obstacle will be overcome within the next decade.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      This car is a whole minute slower than the 919 Evo, the time is just UNDERWHELMING. They took away only 7 seconds from the time of the VERY OLD 962.

      • 59soni

        Exactly. As long as there are still ICE contenders to beat, there’s little feat in my eyes.

  • Tan Lee

    NIO EP9 weight = 1,735 kg (3,825 lb)

    IDR weight = under 1100 kg

    NIO power = 1341 bhp

    IDR power = 670 bhp

    NIO EP3 is a 2 seater super car based on lemans sports series. You can buy and use on the road.

    IDR is essentially A single seat Lemans car in electric form. You can’t buy.

    NIO tires = Next Ev Slicks

    IDR tires = Bridgestone Potenza customers made by Bridgestone

  • Mr. EP9

    Well of course it was going to set a record, it’s a purpose built race car.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Expected a lot more. This car is slow.
    1 minute slower than the only other modern prototipe to run around the Nurburgring, and after a lap the battery is gone.

  • SteersUright

    Lame cutscenes, lame music, and barely any footage of the car in action. I’d love to see this beast of a vehicle blasting through corners at full speed instead of this Audi commercial.

  • Vassilis


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