The Volkswagen ID.R has just set a new lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife (North loop) in the all-electric vehicle category. An exceptional performance achieved jointly with tyre manufacturer Bridgestone, revealing the overall change taking place in the mobility world.
A smashed record
6’05’’336: this is the incredible lap time set by the German tyre manufacturer’s all-electric ID.R prototype at the Nürburgring track. A record previously held by the Chinese brand Nio and its EP9, which had set an already impressive lap time of 6’45’’90.
The difference in lap times is enormous, but the ID.R is currently not built for road use unlike its Chinese rival which is road-legal. Nevertheless, the performance is remarkable, from a technical point of view, but also in terms of tyres. Its electric motor delivers the equivalent of 680 hp, transferred to the four wheels. With the batteries and the driver, the announced weight is 1100 kg, providing an autonomy which is just enough to cover the 20.83 km track. Of course, aerodynamics have been revised accordingly, and the tyres entrusted to Bridgestone.
For Bridgestone, it is a real sign of the growing awareness of the need for sustainable development in our modes of transport. Since, in an exercise such as this, numerous benefits and lessons trickle into passenger cars and tyres, especially in the use of raw materials, and the search for optimum energy efficiency.
The next objective is to beat the record set by the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, but with a lap time record of 5’19’’55 this represents a huge step.
Discover the video of this lap time record set by the driver Romain Dumas:
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