Back in January, we learned that VW engineers had their sights on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The battery powered ID.R had already conquered Pike's Peak, and now it is almost ready for a 'Ring record. In a press release last night, VW Motorsport director Sven Meets said: “Just like Pikes Peak, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife presents a serious challenge for an automobile. We want to show just how much performance potential exists today with electric-powered cars.”

Because the car was tuned for high altitude racing, their tech director François-Xavier Demaison has to overcome a few obstacles: "It takes ingenuity to strike the right balance with top speed and the limited electric energy available. So we’re concentrating on the continuing development of the drive technology and battery management. In the thin air of Pikes Peak, which sits 4,302 metres above sea level, we gave the ID. R a very big rear wing to produce the maximum amount of downforce".

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