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Rosberg goes electric: Testing time out on the ‘Ring

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WOLFSBURG, Germany – A special guest took his place at the wheel of the fully-electric Volkswagen ID.R race car at the Nürburgring: Nico Rosberg, 2016 F1 champion, took the 500kW electric race car for a few laps around the Grand Prix circuit in the Eifel region of Germany.

Rosberg, said to be passionate about electromobility, has invested heavily in future technologies since retiring from F1.

Among other things, he founded the Greentech Festival – an event focused on sustainability. The 35-year-old is said to be particularly fascinated by companies with innovative solutions and more sustainable mobility concepts.

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At the Nürburgring, he took his place for the first time in the Volkswagen ID.R in his other role as car tester and influencer. Rosberg stated later on his social media channels that the car had the kind of performance he had only ever experienced before in Formula 1.

‘SMILE ON HIS FACE’

The weather gods were not smiling on the former champion at the ‘Ring. However, despite rain, wind and temperatures below 10C. Rosberg still had a smile on his face as he climbed into the ID.R, which currently holds five records on three continents

“It’s been a while since I have driven a real race car in the rain but I immediately felt like a fish in water in the ID.R. It feels fantastic to drive,” said Rosberg after his test drive.

“The traction, the acceleration, the downforce – it was all very familiar. Compliments to the engineers at VW who have done important pioneering work in the field of electromobility with the ID.R. Motorsport’s job is to change mobility as a whole. It should be the test and development platform, in order to transport technology into production.

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Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets added: “We’re delighted that Nico wanted to test our ID.R. The fact that our electric racer put a smile on the face of an F1 champion is great feedback and underlines the fact that electromobility can create a lot of fascination and emotion.”

Nico Rosberg: “The traction, the acceleration, the downforce – it was all very familiar.” Image: Supplied

Meanwhile, VW Motorsport continues to add to the success story with the ID.R. The electric race car holds five records: as well as records at Pikes Peak in Colorado, on Goodwood Hill, Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, it also possesses the lap record for fully-electric cars at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER) and Bilster Berg (GER).

The findings of test and record drives are incorporated in the production development of future electric models, such as the ID.4 electric SUV. The goal is for VW to launch more than 20 all-electric vehicles by 2025.

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