»After the shakedown in Oschersleben, the first test runs in Spain have also gone as planned«, says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. »After its record outing on Pikes Peak, it’s really exciting now to witness the ID. R on a real racetrack. The optimisation of an electric sports car for the Nürburgring is a great new challenge for the whole team. We’re all really looking forward to demonstrating the strength of electric mobility once more, this time on the legendary Nordschleife.« The ID. R is the racing forerunner to the new ID. product family – Volkswagen’s wide range of purely electric vehicles to be launched from 2020.
The focus of the four-day test run in Spain was the adaptation of the software on board the ID. R that controls the balance between the mechanical brake and battery recuperation. »On a secured racetrack such as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, you can push much closer to the limit than somewhere like the hill-climb at Pikes Peak«, so Romain Dumas. »I can brake harder and more aggressively. By adapting the software, the performance of the electric motors will be tuned for our new record attempt.«