- First look at Volkswagen ID. R battery-car racer
- Target is the Nürburgring electric-car lap record
- New racer can now be driven virtually – try it!
WOLFSBURG, Germany – Volkswagen has presented the continuously developed version of its ID. R, a fully-electric race car and the racing flagship of the future fully electric product family from Volkswagen.
The automaker wants to set a lap record for electric vehicles on the 20.832km Nordschleife with Romain Dumas at the wheel – his target the current 6min45.90 time – during the car’s first test session today (April 25, 2019).
Not only Dumas will be driving, however. Virtually speaking, the ID. R will already drive its first laps from today. ”For the first time, ”VW says, ”a race car will be presented at the same time in a near-reality computer simulation that can be downloaded free of charge,”
NEXT STEP ON THE JOURNEY
Sven Smeets, VW Motorsport’s director, told The Corner in a media release: “The ID. R’s mission to be the spearhead of the fully electric ID. product family from VW continues in full force. Once again, this time in 2019, the ID. R will demonstrate the great potential of electric drive, combining emissions-free technology with true emotion.”
The Nürburgring-Nordschleife testing is the next step on the journey of a car that, VW says, ”provides a symbol of the future significance of electric drive in all of motorsport at VW, To see the ID. R take to the legendary race track will be a moment guaranteed to give you goosebumps.”
The 500kW electric drive of the ID. R has been adapted to the world-unique track characteristics of the Nordschleife. Two lithium-ion battery blocks serve as energy storage on board the ID. R: they were constructed with expertise from VW’s production development team with tech comparable to that to be used in future ID. production vehicles.
The most striking feature of the evolved version of the ID. R, VW says, is the aerodynamics designed for a higher top speed. François-Xavier Demaison, VW Motorsport’s technical director, told The Corner: “In 2018 the many- cornered hill-climb into the thin air at Pikes Peak demanded maximum downforce,
“On the Nordschleife the ID. R will reach an average speed of more than 180km/h – with a top speed on the straight of perhaps 270km/h so we’ve developed a completely new aerodynamic package with a drag reduction system similar to that in F1 and optimised the energy management, which controls the power output of the two electric motors and braking-energy recovery.”
Romain Dumas knows the Nürburgring-Nordschleife like hardly anyone else: he’s won the 24-Hour four times. Nevertheless, he will treat the track with a lot of respect as he goes into the first test run.
He commented: “Ive already driven the Nordschleife many times but on a simulator. Tthe true feeling from the incredibly high cornering speeds you only get when you’re on the track. The extent to which the ID. R has been continuously developed compared to 2018 is impressive.
”I can’t wait to finally drive the ID. R on the Nordschleife,”
Drive the ID. R on the Nordschleife yourself
Racing fans can compare themselves to the pro – virtually, that is. The automaker has launched an online racing simulation for the free-to-play racing simulator RaceRoom in which the gamer can compete with Dumas – it will also play on virtual reality glasses.
The computer vehicle model was created based on original ID. R data, while the engineers from Volkswagen Motorsport have given the game developers deep insights into the driving dynamics of the electric racing car to make the driving experience as realistic as possible on a home computer.
All information (supplied to do so by VW) can be found here