Volkswagen ID. R smashes Nürburgring-Nordschleife electric vehicle speed record
Romain Dumas officially runs the fastest emissions-free lap of all time – setting a new milestone in electro mobility.
It’s been called the toughest racetrack in the world: a 20.8 km track with more than 60 tight turns, with nearly 300 metres separating the lowest and highest points of the course. Now, Volkswagen has shattered the emissions-free speed record with its ID. R race car.
This June, Romain Dumas finished the course in a record-breaking 6:05:336 minutes. With an average speed of 206.96 km/hr, the ID. R proved just how powerful electric engines can be.
For racing fans familiar with the ID. R, this is the second major win for VW’s electric concept cars. Powered by two electric motors, the ID. R has set three records within the last 12 months. Last spring, Dumas and the ID. R crushed the esteemed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – with speeds so fast that the helicopter filming the race could barely keep up.
“To be a record holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud,” says Dumas. “For me, this is the best and most difficult race track in the world. The ID. R was perfectly prepared for the Nordschleife and it was so much fun to experience the blistering acceleration and rapid cornering speeds.”
While the ID. R won’t be hitting VW showrooms, it does represent the power and potential of electric vehicles – and, more specifically, the engineering behind Volkswagen’s ID. electric concept cars. Designed with the same driver-first design and performance VW is known for, the ID. Series is paving the way toward a more sustainable Canada.
“Climate change is the biggest challenge of our times,” says Volkswagen Canada President and CEO Daniel Weissland, adding that he believes it’s our responsibility to find new ways to solve the problems created by emissions.
By 2025, Volkswagen Canada will offer a wide range of electric vehicles, in a range of styles including electric SUVs, crossovers, sedans and compacts.
To meet the growing demand for e-vehicles, Volkswagen Canada has partnered with Electrify Canada, to help build a network of electric car–charging infrastructure. Construction begins this year, with 32 locations set to be built near major highways and in metro areas throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
Explore our electric future with Volkswagen’s ID. concept vehicles.