Volkswagen confirmed that the ID.R used only 24.7 kWh to do a full lap of the ‘Ring when they broke the record a few weeks ago.
The Wolfsburg carmaker has made it its warhorse: electric power will propel many models of the Volkswagen Group by the end of the next decade. And to convince consumers, strategists take all means, even those related to motorsport.
The German manufacturer has made a lot of noise for the past two years with the ID.R. The performance car that has already broken the speed records on the ascent of Pikes Peak and Goodwood, has now traveled the 20.8 km from the famous Nürburgring circuit in just 6:05.336 minutes at an average speed of 204.96 km/h! However, what impresses even more from this record is the amount of energy used: 24.7 kWh.
According to Volkswagen, its zero-emission race car consumed a quarter of the energy needed for a gas car to cross the finish line of the same circuit.
Volkswagen also claims that the technology used to break records on the track with the ID.R program will eventually end up in mainstream vehicles, a discourse that has existed since motorsport was invented.
One of the important factors in achieving this record at the famous German circuit is the recovery of energy, a technology already present in electrified vehicles. Indeed, the powerful braking performed around the circuit generated no less than 9.2% of the energy needed to achieve a lap of the circuit. It remains to be seen how much this research on the track will bring to the motorists who do not have the capacities of the French driver Romain Dumas, the one who was driving the car for this series of records.