We now get to see VW's impressive record run from the driver's perspective.
This week, Volkswagen had much cause for celebration as the ID.R became the fastest EV to ever lap the Nurburgring. Amazingly, this is the third track record the all-electric racer has set in just one year. Last year, Romain Dumas climbed the renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the ID.R in just seven minutes and 57.148 seconds, setting a new outright record. Just three weeks later, he set a new best time for electric cars of 43.86 seconds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Since announcing the ID.R's new Nurburgring record, VW has released a new on-board video showing the electric racer crush the Nurburgring from the driver's perspective. It's mesmerizing to watch – the lap is so fast you'd be forgiven for thinking you were watching it in fast forward. Our only criticism is that there are too many cuts to helicopter footage when we would have preferred to see the onboard lap in its full uncut glory.
The ID.R managed to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just six minutes and 5.336 seconds. Remarkably, this means it beat the previous record set by China's NIO EP9 electric supercar by just over 40 seconds. It couldn't quite beat the Porsche 919 EVO, however, which is the current king of the Nurburgring with an astonishing time of five minutes and 19.55 seconds. We suspect Porsche will hold that record for a long time, but VW's achievement is still impressive.
Powering the ID.R is a pair of electric motors that send a combined output of 670 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. While there are faster electric cars, the ID.R only weighs 2,220 pounds. VW also made several modifications to the car to help it achieve its record run at the Nurburgring, including adding F1-inspired aerodynamic package featuring a new rear wing, new front splitter and a drag reduction system that reduces downforce by up to 20 percent.
"The Nordschleife of the Nürburgring is not only the world's most demanding race track, it is also the ultimate test for production vehicles," said Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group. "The ID.R has mastered this challenge with great distinction and has completed the fastest emission-free lap of all time. As further proof of its impressive performance capabilities, Volkswagen's e-mobility can now proudly call itself 'Nürburgring-approved'. I congratulate the team from Volkswagen Motorsport and driver Romain Dumas on the third record for the ID.R"