Volkswagen ID.R sets new Nurburgring EV record

The ID.R is now the second-fastest around the ring, behind a Porsche 919 LMP1 race car.

Volkswagen's ID.R race car has set a new lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for electric vehicles.

"6:05.336 minutes!" the company announced on Twitter. "Another milestone in electro-mobility."

Originally purpose-built for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the ID.R was later reconfigured to better tackle the legendary Green Hell. Driver Romain Dumas completed the 12.9-mile course at an average speed of nearly 129 mph.

The EV is now the second-fastest car on the 'Ring, lapping the circuit around 45 seconds behind Timo Bernhard's 5:19.55 record set last year in a Porsche 919 Evo LMP1 prototype race car.

"A great future for this car!" Dumas said of his achievement in the ID.R. "We will continue to push on it and we will see what we can achieve in the future."

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