Works to adapt the car for a new envuiroment has already begun.


Electrification has become a thing in Nürburgring a while ago. Actually one year ago to be precise when a modified former LMP1 racecar, Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO, absolutely smashed the previous record with the time of six minutes and eleven seconds. However it looks like that this record might not stand much longer as there is already an electric challenger on the horizon that goes by the name Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak.

Most of you probably know the car which made an impact last year on a race that it was named after. Not only did this fully electric car won the race and set the fastest overall time, it also broke the record by a fair margin. Now it about to conquer the Green hell and work needed for transformation of the car has already begun.

“In the thin air of Pikes Peak, which sits 4,302 meters above sea level, we gave the ID R a very big rear wing to produce the maximum amount of downforce,” says François-Xavier Demaison, technical director of Volkswagen Motorsport. On the Nordschleife, Volkswagen Motorsport will bring a new aerodynamic configuration that will target the greatest efficiency possible, rather than maximum downforce. “This concerns not only a smaller rear-wing, but also the front splitter and floor of the vehicle,” explains Demaison.

On the other hand, there will be no work dedicated towards changes on drive train. Existing pair of electric motors – one motor per axle – will thus remain the same, producing a total of 500 kilowatts of power. A lot less compared to Porsche so it is safe to say it is going to be a close battle.

April 8, 2019 Driving photo: Volkswagen

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