Romain Dumas has already made some maiden laps in the 'Green hell'.
Volkswagen I.D. R (name Pikes Peak is now gone) has entered the final stretch in attempt to beat the all-time record among electric cars. After yesterday’s reveal of revised version of racecar, that last year dominated Pike Peak hill climb, team from Wolfsburg has today started formal introduction of the car to the legendary racetrack of Nürburgring. Of course, first lap on the track were made by Romain Dumas, who is also going to be the one to make an attempt at setting the new record.
“It was a great moment to drive the ID. R on my favourite track for the ﬁrst time,” said Romain Dumas after the first test drive. “The cornering speeds in the ID. R are much higher than I am used to in GT race cars. But I feel good in the cockpit and that is really important here. The Nürburgring-Nordschleife has larger and more numerous bumps than the race tracks on which we have tested so far. So, we have concentrated on adapting the shock absorbers and the ride height to suit the unique characteristics of this track.”
As said before, Volkswagen is reaching to beat the time of Nio EP9 set back in October of 2016 which is 6:45.90. This is still way behind the all-time record of Porsche 919’s 5 minutes and 19 seconds. Nevertheless it is a time worth mentioning since the current record for production vehicles is 6:44:97, less than a second faster than Nio's time. Fastest time among production vehicles has been set by Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.