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Video: VW ID.R completes first tests on the Nordschleife,

  • First time on Nordschleife for VW supercar
  • Preparations intensify for lap record bid
  • Dumas: ‘Great to drive ID. R on my favourite track.’
WARMING UP FOR VW ID R TESTING: All part of what will be a bid to take the electric-car record on theNürburgring-Nordschleife during the 2019 European summer. 2019  Image: VW Motorsport

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.

Video: Here’s what happened…

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.”


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.”

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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.

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