Following the record-breaking drive at Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Volkswagen this year will also try to win an electric drive record on one of the most demanding racetracks of the World, famous Nordschleife in Nurburgring.

The VW ID. R racer, which brings 500 kW of power with the help of two electric motors to the road, is being further developed for the record attempt in Nurburgring. Above all, engineers are trying to modify aerodynamics of the car in order to cope with different conditions of the German racing track. Instead of big big difference in height of the track at Pikes Peak, at Nordschleife electric racer will have to cope with winding road between 320 and 617 meters above sea level. As part of the preparations, racer will also have to go through intense test and development programme at various racetracks in the spring.

»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 Romain Dumas, last years winner of Pikes Peak. »I can hardly wait for the first tests. Breaking the existing electric record will certainly not be a stroll in the park.«

The last record for fully electric vehicles was last set in 2017 by Peter Dumbreck in an NIO EP9 and stands at 6:45:90 minutes.

Jan. 20, 2019 Driving photo: VW

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