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VW ID. R arrives at the 'ring ahead of its record attempt

by Byron Hurd

Volkswagen's Pikes-Peak-conquering electric race car has its eyes on a Nurburgring record.

Volkswagen's ID. R broke cover at the Nurburgring Wednesday as the team prepares to set the fastest time for an all-electric vehicle at Germany's famous public circuit.

The ID. R made headlines last July when Volkswagen took it to Pikes Peak in hopes of setting the renowned hillclimb's electric vehicle class record. Not only was it successful, but it won the race outright and set the all-time record set by Sebastian Loeb in 2013 by 16 seconds. The time of 7:57 bested the previous EV record by a full minute.

Volkswagen is taking the 'ring record seriously. It has employed four-time Nurburgring 24-hour winner Romain Dumas to make the attempt, eyeballing the current record of 6:45.9 held by the Nio EP9, which also held the overall production-car record for a time before being knocked down to second by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

While the Nio enjoys a significant power advantage over the ID. R, it lacks its race-ready aero and the simple advantage of being built by a company with no insignificant amount of home-field advantage.

Does the ID. R have the chops to pull this off? We'll find out soon enough.

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