[UPDATE] Click here to watch the full record-breaking run on the Nuburgring

There are few records as important—or seem as important—as a Nürburgring lap record. It’s the go-to venue for automakers who enjoy some chest thumping. Whenever an automaker sets a new record, the world takes notice, and today is one of those days. The Volkswagen ID R set a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, completing the 12.9-mile circuit in 6:05.336. The ID R smashed the previous record time set by the Nio EP9 in 2017 by 40 seconds.


Romain Dumas, a race car driver and Porsche factory driver, set the lap record in the ID R after setting the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record last year using the same car. However, for the Nürburgring, Volkswagen had to modify the vehicle to conquer the iconic track. While Volkswagen kept the same twin motor and battery set-up used during its record-breaking Pikes Peak run, the automaker did a lot of work to maximise the vehicle’s downforce and acceleration. To achieve its top speed faster, Volkswagen changed the energy management system.

The new record is quite remarkable when you look at the fact the ID R produces 680 bhp, at least it did at Pikes Peak, while the Nio EP9, and its four-motor design, produces 1,341 bhp. It shows the importance of vehicle aerodynamics and effectively using the power that’s available. However, the ID R is a purpose-built race car while the Nio is, technically, a road car; however, it doesn’t appear the company has delivered one yet to a customer.


While Dumas’ record-setting lap is impressively fast, it’s still not the all-time fastest. Porsche, another VW Group brand, holds that title. Last year, the Porsche 919 Evo set the all-time record of 5:19.55. If Volkswagen can beat an electric car with double the horsepower, then beating Porsche may not be a fantasy.

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Jun 3, 2019

  • 6:05.336 minutes – the Volkswagen ID.R has driven the fastest emission-free lap of all time on the most difficult race track in the world
  • Volkswagen driver Romain Dumas beat the previous record by 40.564 seconds
  • Following the record on Pikes Peak and the e-record in Goodwood, this is the third record for the ID.R

Wolfsburg — Volkswagen has achieved another milestone in electro-mobility: The ID.R, powered by two electric motors, lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 6:05.336 minutes – faster than any electric vehicle before it. Romain Dumas (F) beat the previous record set by Peter Dumbreck (GB, NIO EP9) in 2017 by 40.564 seconds. With an average speed of 206.96 km/h, the ID.R once again underlined the impressive performance capabilities of Volkswagen’s electric drive. This 500 kW (680 PS) emission-free race car is the racing flagship of the future fully electric ID. product family from Volkswagen.

“The Nordschleife of the Nürburgring is not only the world’s most demanding race track, it is also the ultimate test for production vehicles,” says Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group. “The ID.R has mastered this challenge with great distinction and has completed the fastest emission-free lap of all time. As further proof of its impressive performance capabilities, Volkswagen’s e-mobility can now proudly call itself ‘Nürburgring-approved’. I congratulate the team from Volkswagen Motorsport and driver Romain Dumas on the third record for the ID.R.”

Within just twelve months, Volkswagen Motorsport has already set three track records with the ID.R. On June 24, 2018, Romain Dumas achieved the absolute track record of 7:57.148 minutes at the renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (USA). Just three weeks later, he achieved a new best time for electric cars of 43.86 seconds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England. The new record on the legendary Nordschleife has now been added to this successful run.

For Romain Dumas, who is a four-time winner of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the record lap with the ID.R is another highlight on his favorite track. “To be a record-holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud,” says Dumas. “For me, this is the best and most difficult race track in the world. I want to thank the team at Volkswagen Motorsport, who have once again done a fantastic job. The ID.R was perfectly prepared for the Nordschleife and it was so much fun to experience the blistering acceleration and rapid cornering speeds.”

With the e-record on the Nordschleife, Volkswagen has once again demonstrated the performance capabilities that come with electric mobility. “This impressive success story is the result of meticulous preparation by our engineers, the flawless work by the whole team during testing and of course a perfect driving performance by Romain Dumas,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.

To prepare for the Nürburgring Nordschleife challenge, Volkswagen Motorsport gave the ID.R a complete makeover compared to the record outings on Pikes Peak and in Goodwood in just five months. “For this evolved version of the ID.R, the aerodynamic configuration was more strongly adapted to the highest possible speed, rather than maximum downforce,” explains François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director. “With extensive test laps in the simulator and on the race track, we adapted the ID.R to the unique conditions of the Nordschleife, focussing mainly on chassis tuning, energy management and optimal choice of tyres for the record attempt.”

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