- First time on Nordschleife for VW supercar
- Preparations intensify for lap record bid
- Dumas: ‘Great to drive ID. R on my favourite track.’
NURBURGRING, Germany – The day after the world premiere of the new pure-electric but high-speed VW ID. R at the Nürburgring Romain Dumas took the car out on the 20.832km Nordschleife.
He was engaged on an extensive test programme involving two alternative ID. R chassis to make optimal use of the available time to start ﬁnal preparation for setting the lap record for electric vehicles with the 500kW race car.
Sven Smeets, VW’s motorsport director, told The Corner in a media release: “The Nürburgring-Nordschleife, as expected, presented diﬃcult challenges. Based on many computer simulations the ID. R is optimally adapted to this unique race track… particularly the chassis.
”The energy management is functioning very well so we worked through focus points of the test programme while comparing various Bridgestone racing tyres.”
BIGGER BUMPS AND LUMPS
Romain Dumas reported: “It was great to drive the ID. R on my favourite track – the ID. R’s cornering speeds were much higher than I’m used to in GT race cars but I felt good in the cockpit.
”The Nürburgring-Nordschleife has larger and more numerous bumps than tracks we’ve tested so far so we concentrated on adapting the shock-absorbers and ride height to suit the track’s characteristics.”
With the data from the ﬁrst test VW Motorsport engineers will now work on continuing to ﬁne-tune the ID. R before the electric race-car takes to ”the most challenging race track in the world” again.
The record attempt is planned for the middle of 2019.