2018 was a good year for the Volkswagen I.D. electric race. R, since it completely erased the permanent record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. That car managed to destroy 12 miles of mountain roads and 156 curves in less than 8 minutes with pro Romain Dumas at the wheel. Volkswagen is so confident in its Hyper EV that it will have the opportunity to shine at the Nurburgring later this year, according to this Motorsport.com report, and I am very scared.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen's sister company, Porsche, also set a new lap record at the Nurburgring in 2018. The 919 Hybrid Evo from the other German brand managed to clear the score with a new lap time of 5: 19.546, which is a incredibly fast time.
The current electrical record was established by Peter Dumbreck (a lap of 6: 45.90) in an NIO EP9 supercar in 2017. Volkswagen seems confident in the I.D. R will land somewhere between those two registers, establishing a new EV record, but not completely eclipsing the absolute record.
I would not be so sure. I think there could be more speed in this car than the team is allowing.
On the one hand, Romain Dumas will be behind the wheel of the electric VW, and is four times winner of the Nurburgring 24, so he knows the circuit as well as anyone can.
VW Motorsport director Sven Smeets revealed to Motorsport.com: "After the Pikes Peak record, the best time for electric cars at Nurburgring Nordschleife is the next big challenge for the I.D. A. A record back in the Nordschleife is a great reward for any car, whether it's a race car or a production car. "
On the other hand, a return to the Nurburgring will inherently have an average speed much higher than that of a Pikes Peak, simply by virtue of the number of slow turns found on the mountain. The Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit is a couple of miles longer overall, but many of its corners are wide angle corners. And that does not mean anything about the 2,135-kilometer Dottinger Hohe straight.
With a little development, the I.D. R has great potential to reduce the registration of the return of the 919 Hybrid Evo.
The electrical registration attempt will be carried out this summer, but Volkswagen would not disclose an exact date.