VW plan to beat Mercedes F1 record

After the ascent of Pikes Peak, the Goodwood circuit and Mount Tianmen, Volkswagen will put its boosted ID.R on the track in Sonoma, California. A track whose record is held by a Formula 1 car.

A new challenge for Volkswagen and its electric ID.R. The German brand intends to break the lap record at the Sonoma circuit in California. The challenge will not be an easy one: Esteban Guiterrez set the best lap time last summer at the wheel of a Mercedes W07 F1 car.




After the very challenging uphill climb of Pikes Peak, the cliffs crossed by numerous bends of Mount Tianmen and the Goodwood circuit, Volkswagen intends to triumph over its know-how in the field of electricity with this performance. Measuring up to the record of a Formula 1 car gives a very special dimension to the exploit. The time to beat is 1 minute and 15,430 seconds.

To top it all off, the record attempt will be carried out in front of many people. Volkswagen will actually take to the track during the Sonoma Speed Festival on May 28th.



The Volkswagen I.D. R is a prototype fully electric vehicle designed as part of Volkswagen’s I.D. Project, and included within Volkswagen’s R series of cars designed specifically for competing in motorsport events. It is the first electric racing car designed by Volkswagen.

The V W made its competition début at the Pikes Peak International Hill climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 24, 2018. It was driven by Romain Dumas, and the team set a target of beating the existing electric car record of 8:57.118 minutes, set in 2016 by Rhys Millen with the Drive eO PP100.

The I.D. R became the first car to complete the hill climb in under eight minutes (7:57.148), breaking the outright record set by Sébastien Loeb and the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. The average speed during the run was 150.9 km/h(93.77 mi/h), and 218 km/h(127.58 mi/h) through the speed trap.

On 3 June 2019 the ID.R used 24.7 kWh to break the electric vehicle lap record on the Nürburgring with a time of 6:05.336, cornering at up to 3.49 G.





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