VW Green Lights I.D. R For Record Attempt At Nürburgring This Year

JAN 19 2019 BY MARK KANE 28

Success at the Nürburgring is important to spread the word about EVs even further.

This summer, Volkswagen will try to set a new all-time record of Nürburgring Nordschleife race track (called also “Green Hell”) with its I.D. R racing car, which won the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

First rumors about the attempt appeared in December. The German manufacturer is expected to capitalize on the eventual record in the marketing campaign of the I.D. hatchback.

Volkswagen sticks with I.D. R driver Romain Dumas, who won at Pikes Peak. The Frenchman said that he hardly can wait for the first tests of the I.D. R with its extreme acceleration and huge cornering speeds.

The half megawatt of power, all-wheel drive and proper aero package probably will be enough to set a new EV record (NIO EP96:45.900 – six minutes, 45.900 seconds) and maybe even an all-time record, regardless of the powertrain.

Volkswagen I.D. R specs:

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.25 seconds
  • two electric motors with total of 500 kW of power and 650 Nm of torque
  • AWD
  • curb weight 1,100 kg

Press blast:


Jan 19, 2019

  • Pikes Peak winner Romain Dumas to drive the further-developed Volkswagen ID. R
  • Unique sports car spearheads Volkswagen’s electrification strategy as ambassador to the future family of electric production vehicles
  • “Green Hell” regarded as one of the most demanding racetracks in the world

Wolfsburg (January 19, 2019) – Volkswagen is driving electromobility forward at high speed, both in production vehicles and on the racetrack. Following the record-breaking run at the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb, the ID. R—Volkswagen’s fully-electric sports car—has now set its sights on another record in the summer of 2019: the lap record for electric cars on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, which is regarded as the toughest racetrack in the world.

The ID. R is the sporty ambassador to an entire range of electric vehicles, which Volkswagen plans to launch from 2020 onwards. The ID. R’s motorsport assignments are a declaration of Volkswagen’s commitment to electromobility and underline the huge potential power that e-drive can deliver on regular roads in the future. “After the record on Pikes Peak, the fastest time for electric cars on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is the next big challenge for the ID. R,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “A lap record on the Nordschleife is a great accolade for any car, whether a race car or a production car.”

The ID. R, which is being further developed for the record attempt at the Nürburgring, is powered by two electric engines with a system capacity of 670 hp and weighs less than 2,500 pounds, including the driver. “Above all, we will modify the aerodynamics of the ID. R, in order to cope with the conditions on the Nordschleife, which differ greatly from those on Pikes Peak,” says François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director at Volkswagen Motorsport. Unlike the U.S. classic on Pikes Peak, which starts at an altitude of more than 9,000 feet and ends at 14,115 feet, the Nordschleife winds its way through the Eifel region at between 1,050 and 2,024 feet above sea level. The iconic German circuit has a very unique characteristic, not least thanks to the long Döttinger Höhe straight. “As part of our meticulous preparations for the record attempt, we will put the ID. R through an intense test and development program at various racetracks in the spring,” Demaison adds. The record attempt is planned for the summer.

The multi-talented Romain Dumas will be at the wheel again for the record attempt. He won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the ID. R Pikes Peak in June 2018 and, with a time of 7:57.148 minutes, became the first driver in over 100 years of this iconic race to go under eight minutes. The Frenchman also has four victories in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring to his name.

“The thought of driving the ID. R on the Nordschleife is already enough to give me goosebumps. I know the track very well, but the ID. R will be a completely different challenge, with its extreme acceleration and huge cornering speeds,” says Dumas. “I can hardly wait for the first tests. Breaking the existing electric record will certainly not be a stroll in the park.” The current record for fully-electric vehicles stands at 6:45.90 minutes—at an average speed of almost 115 mph—and was set in 2017 by Britain’s Peter Dumbreck in a NIO EP9.

A comparatively narrow track—13 miles long, with no fewer than 75 corners, and regularly climbing or descending through the Eifel forests—the Nordschleife, which was opened in 1927, is one of a kind and continues to serve as an outstanding test environment for the automobile industry. Former Formula 1 world champion, Jackie Stewart, once respectfully called the circuit the “Green Hell.” Despite the iconic circuit being subjected to repeated modifications, it has not hosted Formula 1 since 1978. Nowadays, the Nordschleife—together with the modern Grand Prix Circuit—is primarily known as the venue for the famous 24-hour race. The FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), a global touring car series, also visits the track in the Eifel Mountains. Volkswagen is represented in both series with the Golf GTI TCR.

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28 Comments on "VW Green Lights I.D. R For Record Attempt At Nürburgring This Year"

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I CAN’T wait for this!!!!!!!

Did I say I’m excited about this news?

Did they have more then one? Just so they can drive more on the edge, and risk crash one or two?

No only one.

there are two I.D.R..

Most importantly, they only have one driver. I would not “risk crashing one or two” when going 150 mph. I don’t know a bout you.

Indeed I am also looking forward to see the VW ID R on the Nordschleife. EV lap times:


That’s going to be fun to watch.

I can’t imagine they are going to beat the run that Porsche 919 did. That was simply amazing!

Had to look that up!


Agreed, this is the record they should be going after.

The 2020 Tesla Roadster will win Pikes Peak race in 2020 or 2021 depending on when their ready!!

Nope..not without tons of wings.

It will have thrust vectoring to make up for minimal wings.

Thrust is less efficient. That’s why planes use wings. Sure, if they use rocket fuel… but I doubt that.

All EVs with more then one motor have normally fairly advanced trust vectoring.

They can put a wing on it if they want and modify it anyway they want, VW did. The IDR is just a speciality car designed to go fast at tracks. They build it according to the track they are on, they even said it will be heavily modified from the Pikes peak car. At least the Tesla R2 that sets the ring record will have some resemblance to an actual car you can buy,

Nope, not even a chance. They might win the production car race, but unless Tesla invests in a special vehicle for the race, forget it.

You are probably right. But with the Tesla superior battery and motor tech that wouldn’t be so difficult. Getting a driver as good as VW has might be more difficult.

What superior battery? The only metric in which they claim to be superior is in price and even that is dubious once you take packaging into consideration.

The VW weighs 1100 kg..

The delusion is strong in this one……

I can’t wait until a modified roadster 2 smashes the IDR record!!!!!

Boy, you really know nothing about racing do you?

I don’t think anybody knows what real rocket thrusters on a ev vehicle will be able do? This is what you get from a guy who thought starting a rocket company and a ev car company was a good idea! The roadster will be carbon fiber and state of the art avionics put into a vehicle that is probably trying recreate a scence from Back to the future! Why… because it would be really cool if he could pullitoff! Can thrusters help a car keep tire traction by reducing the lateral forces and help increase acceleration by reducing the torque required on the wheels… we may find out in just a few years time! Check out this video https://youtu.be/irPx__06Q0Y at 1:16 you may be getting a hint of the future

Those jet-air thrusters for the Roadster 2 are a gimmick. I can’t imagine a configuration that won’t be dangerous to people and other cars around it. I expect it will be outlawed quickly, hopefully before someone dies. Won’t be allowed on race tracks in competition, maybe for single lap demonstration all by itself.

You have a long wait ahead of you.

Announcing 44 Billion Euros for E-Mobility and spending money for racing, but refusing and torpedoing current VW-BEV drivers a tow hitch with bad excuses. m(

I have no doubt it will beat the NIO, but I can’t see it getting too close to the 919 Evo. The 919 weighs 250kg’s less and has 350kw more (the ICE engine matches the ID, but it has 350kW worth of EV motor to assist it), plus over 5 years worth of development and racing experience/data to back it up. Porsche themselves admitted the 919 was potentially capable of a sub 5 minute lap in the right conditions.

It’ll be interesting to see how close it actually gets to it though. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it run. It very much surprised me at Pikes Peak, I didn’t expect it to go so well.

Exactly. I’d be happy for the IDR to break the record, but it’s not going to happen without some major changes to the IDR.

The 919 is much lighter and much more powerful, AND it’s a hybrid so it already has the electric motor advantages of corner-exit acceleration and better traction control resolution.

It will probably beat the NIO and possibly the old ICE record (6:11), but it’s not likely to beat the 919’s new record (5:19).