Volkswagen I.D. R Electric To Go After Nürburgring Record

DEC 6 2018 BY MARK KANE 31

Time of 5 minutes and 30 seconds is possible

According to Autocar’s sources, Volkswagen Motorsport intends to take the Volkswagen I.D. R racer that set all-time record of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to the Nürburgring. The track is exclusively booked for May 2019.

Currently, the fastest EV at the Nürburgring Nordschleife was NIO EP9 (6:45.900 – six minutes, 45.900 seconds). The fastest car on the track ever was heavily modified Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo race car (5:19.55) at an average speed of 145.3 mph (233.79 km/h).

Early simulations of the VW I.D. R suggest times below 5:30 are possible, which gives it chance to beat not only EVs but also ICE cars.

““We’re still at an early stage of preparation, but we’ve already seen lap times below 5min 30sec in the simulator,” an insider with knowledge of Volkswagen Motorsport’s Nürburgring plans told Autocar, adding: “There’s more to come, we’re sure”.”

Setting a new record would be a great marketing asset ahead of the production launch of the Volkswagen I.D. model in late 2019.

First, the I.D. R needs to be modified to handle higher speeds (new aerodynamic package, electric drive system, maybe gearing).

See entire record-setting NIO EP9 Nurburgring lap here.

The car will be driven by Romain Dumas, who was the driver also at Pikes Peak. Dumas is a four-time winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Volkswagen I.D. R spec:

  • 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

Source: Autocar

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31 Comments on "Volkswagen I.D. R Electric To Go After Nürburgring Record"

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I wish them a lot of luck!

I’d be slightly more impressed if they used an ID production car.

Much more exciting than the endless drag strip races.


some prefer drag races, some prefer track races.

The Quarter Mile (1320 feet) is very one-dimensional.

A true thoroughbred shows it’s true ability on a full racetrack.

Drag racing can be awesome, but dragging stock street cars is the definition of boring.

Good stuff and nice marketing for EVs. But does the ID R have anything in common with the VWs that are going to be launched other than the name?

Another Euro point of view

I would say no. Anything going around the ring in less than approx. 7 min 30 sec. Has not much in common with everyday life cars.

Agree, sometimes they at least keep the platform. For example the record Porsche is related to a production model, even though every piece of the car was not standard. I think with the ID R there is absolutely nothing in common. Still cool thou.

What ID R Pikes Peak will share with other sports BEVs is lower range and higher power density. If ~43KWh got it up Pikes Peak in just under 8 minutes, it will scorch a lap of the ‘Ring without elevation change. ~600HP, maximal ~14 C-rate implied. So, even if no parts are directly shared, an approach that has so far yielded lower range and higher power (per KWh) is indeed something in common with the PHEVs VWG already markets.

Probably not, but they will learn a lot about pushing EVs hard and to the edge and get good performance data that they can use to make their production EVs better. It’s why car companies build race cars.

I don’t think you quite grasp the concept of research and development….

It was not a criticism of their effort, just an honest question

Wow evs go fast,, climb hills, and maneuver around tracks at high speed, who knew.

Only a few-

Very few people realise this factoid. Probably down to the lack of a trailer carrying a 1kW sound system blasting out ICE exhaust noises… /sic 🙂


It will be interesting to see, if they do set a record, whether it will be taken down by a Roadster 2 a year later.


In my view, the question is whether VW lets a sub-5:30 EV take the outright 5:19 ‘Ring record, set just months ago by their own 919 Porsche?

Just they way they put it, “times below 5:30 are possible” teases. If they let the 919’s record fall, so soon after shaving nearly a minute off the world record, I’ll take it as a big sign of EV commitment.

VW is simply implementing the oldest automotive marketing strategy in the auto world…
Race on Sunday and sell on Monday…
VW has probably already planned out how they will use these records in their marketing…
This new VW is what it looks like when a legacy fully commits to BEVs and if it is not I am happy for GM or someone else to show us all..

The thought that VW went to Pikes Peak to run the second fastest time seemed obscure to me and the thought that they would go to Nurburgring and not walk away with the fastest time seems unlikely…

They will have to give their racer a much higher top speed and do some crazy engineering magic on it which they are obviously capable of…
The craziness of Porsche’s 5:19 lap time involved tires that were only good for one lap…

To be fair , the 919 is a hybrid with a big electric motor and battery.

The Roadster will be fast, but it will not beat a purpose-built racer. I hope Tesla does take it to the ‘ring with the intent of beating the fastest production car. Also would like to know how fast the Taycan is on this track.

Interesting for sure, but unlikely.

I’d be amazed if the Roadster 2 manages a sub 7 minute, never mind chasing low 5s.

This is in fact about as long as it takes to reduce the output power of a P100D to 90kW due to thermal limiting.

No. It is not, but some probably don’t see your joke.

Hey Someone’s Dad, you need to stop smoking that wacky.

That would silence a lot of EV critics.

No, they will just move the goal posts again like they do every time an EV does something they claimed earlier that electrics could not do.

Good news, looking forward to see the ID-R on the Nordschleife. A time below 6 mn. would be amazing.