Watch Volkswagen’s ID.R smash electric track record at Nürburgring

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Following the record set at Pikes Peak, Volkswagen is breaking more speed records for electric mobility as it set the fastest lap of all-time at the famous Nürburgring in an all-electric vehicle.

The VW ID.R, which is powered by two electric motors to produce 500kW the equivalent of 680PS, lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 6:05.336 minutes. This is 40.5 seconds faster than the previous EV record set in a NIO EP9. Volkswagen Motorsport has released a video of the feat, allowing viewers to get a cockpit perspective of the lap.

Driver Romain Dumas utilized the car’s incredible electric power to set an average speed of 128.5mph (206.96km/h) on what is notoriously known as the most difficult track in the world.

“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.”

With the e-record on the Nordschleife, Volkswagen has once again demonstrated the enormous performance capabilities that come with electric mobility. “This impressive success story is the result of meticulous preparation by our engineers, the flawless work by the whole team during testing and of course a perfect driving performance by Romain Dumas,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets.

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