Add another lap record to the books.
After weeks of testing at the famed German race track, Volkswagen has set a new electric car record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. French racing driver Romain Dumas was once again at the wheel, the same driver who set the record at Pikes Peak last year. VW’s latest record smashes the time of the last holder, the Nio EP9.
In fact, Dumas set down a time of 6:05.336 minutes on the 12.93-mile circuit. That means his average speed was over 128 mph (or 207 km/h), as Volkswagen was keen to point out.
Mind you, the car did undergo a few changes from its Pikes Peak run to deal with the new track conditions. What didn’t change, however, was the car’s 670 horsepower electric drivetrain. That was enough to make the Volkswagen ID. R the second fastest car ever around the Nürburgring, eclipsed only by the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo that set the pace last year, driven by Timo Bernhard. That car set a monsterous 5:19.55 lap time.