Volkswagen to bid for electrical Nurburgring lap report

The Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak set a report on a hill – can it do the identical on the Nürburgring?
Transformed 671bhp ID R Pikes Peak to deal with legendary German monitor – and the outright report could possibly be below menace

Volkswagen Motorsport is planning an assault on the electrical lap report on the Nürburgring with the 671bhp ID R prototype it used to win this yr's Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb – and information simulations counsel the machine may problem for the outright mark.

Whereas precise particulars of the deliberate try stay below wraps, Autocar has discovered that Volkswagen Motorsport has booked the Nürburgring for a sequence of unique exams starting subsequent Might. The official intention will likely be to set a brand new report for electrical automobiles on the legendary German race monitor previous to the launch of the primary electrical ID manufacturing mannequin through the third quarter of 2019.

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However Autocar sources counsel that information gained in early simulation exams point out the German automotive maker could possibly be heading in the right direction to interrupt the present outright lap report, which was set by sister agency Porsche earlier this yr, utilizing a closely modified 919 Hybrid Evo race automotive.

The present Nürburgring electrical automobile lap report, set by Chinese language agency NIO's road-going 1341bhp EP9, is 6mins 45.90sec. Porsche's outright lap report, set by Timo Bernhard within the 1160bhp petrol-electric 919 Hybrid Evo, is 5mins 19.55secs, a mean velocity of 145.3mph.

“We’re nonetheless at an early stage of preparation, however we’ve already seen lap instances beneath 5min 30sec within the simulator,” an insider with information of Volkswagen Motorsport’s Nürburgring plans advised Autocar, including: “There’s extra to return, we’re positive”.

The ID R Pikes Peak prototype smashed the outright report at Pikes Peak earlier this yr, conquering the 12.42-mile Colorado hill climb in 7mins 57.15secs. The four-wheel-drive machine was designed particularly for the distinctive challenges of the occasion, with large wings to maximise downforce at excessive elevations, and Volkswagen Motorsport is at the moment within the strategy of modifying the machine for the Nurburgring.

The revisions are set to incorporate a brand new aerodynamic package deal, permitting for the next prime velocity than the 150mph of the ID R in Pikes Peak type. Additional modifications will give attention to the automotive's electrical drive system.

Romain Dumas drove the automotive at Pikes Peak, and will likely be retained for the Nurburgring report bid. Whereas he was initially chosen by VW for his Pikes Peak information, he's a four-time winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. He's additionally a long-time works Porsche driver, and has twice received the Le Mans 24 Hours for the agency, together with in a 919 Hybrid.

The timing of Volkswagen Motorsport’s report run will likely be dictated by the climate situations on the 12.94 mile circuit, though a sequence of races and occasions on the Nürburgring in Might and June imply operating will likely be restricted.

Additional complicating Volkswagen Motorsport plans is its dedication to run the I.D. R prototype at subsequent yr’s Goodwood Competition Of Velocity. The supply added: “Will probably be tight, however we’re assured we’ll get at the least one good run at it earlier than we start preparations for Goodwood.”

Authentic plans had been for Volkswagen to stage its electrical automobile lap report try through the weekend of the 2019 Nürburgring 24 hour race on June 22/23. Nonetheless, the organisers of the race are claimed to have cancelled the request on security grounds. 

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