Watch: Volkswagen's electric Nürburgring record

by Samarth Kanal on 4th June 2019

Watch the Volkswagen I.D. R's record-breaking, fully-electric lap of the Nürburgring

VW IDR sets new electric Nürburgring record

Volkswagen's electric I.D. R sports car smashed the Nürburgring lap record for battery-powered cars this week, and the company has now released video footage of the full 6min 05.336sec lap.

The 680bhp I.D. R  didn't just beat the previous electric record of 6min 45.90sec set by the 1360bhp NIO EP9 in 2017, but also Stefan Bellof's time of 6min 11.13sec, set in 1983.

However, the hybrid Porsche 919 Evo still holds the overall Nürburgring record with a time of 5min 19.54sec.

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas – who also holds the Pikes Peak electric record and Goodwood Festival of Speed electric record with an earlier version of the car – was at the wheel of the I.D. R once again.

“To be a record-holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud,” he said.

“For me, this is the best and most difficult race track in the world. I want to thank the team at Volkswagen Motorsport, who have once again done a fantastic job.

“The ID.R was perfectly prepared for the Nordschleife and it was so much fun to experience the blistering acceleration and rapid cornering speeds.”

Volkswagen spent five months developing its I.D. R, using Formula 1 technology in the process.

The company has uploaded footage of the full lap, but with background music included. Watch it below.


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