Finally | The full ID.R 6min 05secs lap - onboard


UPDATE - 07.06.19

We've had the piecemeal video - now for the real thing, from start to finish. 'Nuff said.


 No bones about it: beating Stefan Bellof's 1983 lap record is an astounding achievement. None of us doubted that the ID.R would crack the 6:45.9 set by Peter Dumbreck in the NIO EP9 in 2017 - because that was a (sort of) production car and Volkswagen's all-electric racing concept certainly isn't. But to dip under the 6:11.1 that Bellof achieved at the wheel of the Porsche 956 is remarkable. Lest we forget, the record stood for 35 years until Porsche shattered it with the 919 Evo.

The ID.R's distance from that car's 5:19.5 lap is notable, of course - but Volkswagen would never have targeted the trick LMP1 hybrid's time because it is in a different league from almost anything you'd care to imagine. Instead it is likely that the team were hoping to break the 6-minute mark (not least because the director of motorsport told PH that the car's simulated time was slightly quicker than the one Romain Dumas actually laid down). Regardless, the new EV record is likely to stand for a while.

As with Pikes Peak, Volkswagen Motorsport doesn't seem to inclined to give us unfiltered onboard footage of the lap right out of the gate (despite it being the way that every other manufacturer on earth does it) so the first official video is a slight mixed bag. But the bits you do see from a camera positioned ahead of Dumas does give you some idea of the astonishing speed being summoned up by the ID.R - made even more hyper-real by the ghostly whine which accompanies it. You'll have heard sweeter Nurburgring laps, sure - but only one quicker. Kudos, VW.


 

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  • zebra 03 Jun 2019

    Cracking effort that.

  • Speed1283 03 Jun 2019

    I know it's the future, I know this car is amazing and I know that the record is very impressive... But it sounds pretty awful.. I mean it's not silent.. but I just don't find it very interesting!

  • Redline88 03 Jun 2019

    Speed1283 said:
    I know it's the future, I know this car is amazing and I know that the record is very impressive... But it sounds pretty awful.. I mean it's not silent.. but I just don't find it very interesting!

    Agreed! Amazing achievement but just lacking in that emotive side

  • foggy 03 Jun 2019

    Speed1283 said:
    I know it's the future, I know this car is amazing and I know that the record is very impressive... But it sounds pretty awful.. I mean it's not silent.. but I just don't find it very interesting!
    Same here. Go watch a video of the Broadley T76 (linked on another thread) being wrung out and it just seems so much more interesting and involving, multi-dimensional.

    Same reason why classic and historic racing interests me so much more nowadays than modern glued down, on rails cars. Also domestic rallycross too, seeing cars sliding about a bit and driver car control on display.

  • wc98 03 Jun 2019

    good effort, but as said it definitely looks more interesting to drive than watch. looks like battery was running low well before the end of lap going by speeds earlier in lap compared to speed hit on the straight.
    i reckon that is around the pace a modern gp bike could run round there if allowed, maybe even sub 6, but i doubt we ever find out.

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