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VW ID. R chases Nurburgring EV lap record

This summer, Volkswagen will attempt to get its ID. R around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife faster than any other electric vehicle has before.

The current lap record for a purely electric-powered vehicle stands at 6m 45.900s.

Volkswagen will equip the ID. R with Bridgestone’s Potenza tyres.

Having worked together for a long-time creating equipment for production vehicles, the German automotive brand and one of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world will now expand its partnership into the world of motorsport. 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.

“We are really looking forward to working together with Bridgestone in motorsport for the first time,” says Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “In attempting to crack the e-record on the Nordschleife, we want to underline the enormous performance potential of electric drive.”

At the moment, Volkswagen and Bridgestone already enjoy a partnership in the manufacture and development of original equipment for production vehicles. “Both brands have a real focus on future technology and innovation,” says Mark Tejedor, Vice President Original Equipment at Bridgestone EMEA. “We have utilised our expertise in motorsport and electro-mobility to develop Potenza sports tyres that are specially adapted to the demands of an electric race car. The tyres deliver the confidence and the performance to help Volkswagen Motorsport break new lap time records.”