Volkswagen Prototype ID. R Sets New Electric Nürburgring Record
June 3 was a historic day for Volkswagen at the iconic Nordschleife track of Nürburgring. The fully electric Volkswagen ID. R prototype racecar set a new electric vehicle record, making it the fastest emission-free lap of all time.
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The all-electric ID. R was able to complete the Nordschleife lap in just 6:05.336 minutes with driver Romain Dumas behind the wheel. Shockingly, the ID. R beat the previous record by a whopping 40.564 seconds.
“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.”
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This isn’t the first newsworthy event for the VW ID.R; in the last 12 months, the electric racecar set a track record at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Dumas beat his own best time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England with a 42.86-second finish. This Nordschleife news shouldn’t be surprising for race fans, as Dumas is a four-time winner of the 24-hour race at Nürburgring.
With Volkswagen’s new focus on electric vehicles, promising to create 70 new electric vehicles by 2028 and help reduce emissions, this new record couldn’t come at a better time. Not only will this show the prowess and advancements behind VW electric vehicles, but also the brand’s commitment to its electric future.