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Volkswagen All Electric ID R Machine Sets New Nurburgring Record

Changing views and attitudes are finally thrusting electric and renewable energy machines firmly into the spotlight. One manufacturer that is taking this technology to extremes is German car maker Volkswagen and it’s all-electric race car, the I.D-R has just set a new record for electric cars around the Nurburgring.

Electric cars is something we cannot escape. They are coming and fast. Increasing government and EU legislation in Europe is rapidly driving the demise of the more traditional internal combustion engined machines. Increasingly new cars are being produced in electric guises alongside their more traditional counterparts.

It’s hard to imagine that just a few short years ago, all of this electric tech was very much just a vision of the future as manufacturers struggled to get their head around this technology. Battery capacity wasn’t yet there and electric range for early all-electric cars were dismal.

Fast forward not even 10 years and you now have electric cars being produced on mass. Volkswagen arguably has been slow to switch to an electric future until only recently. Embroiled in a hugely damaging emissions scandal Volkswagen now has a full focus in electric vehicles to try and repair some of the damage to its image and to catch up with industry rivals.

Motorsport has long been considered the science lab and research hub for the worlds car makers for decades, so what better way to prove a concept than to build an all-electric race car? This is exactly what Volkswagen did and it’s called the I.D-R concept.

The I.D-R concept takes the possibilities of electric cars to extremes. Underneath it’s sleek and heavily aerodynamically profiled body sits two electric motors. Combined, these electric motors produce 680 hp and this translates to some truly staggering performance statistics.

Electric vehicles are infamously torquey meaning that acceleration comes in devastating fashion. In the I.D-R standstill to 62 mph comes in at a mighty 2.25 seconds. This machine is quick and when you consider, that thanks to all of its electric gubbins, it’s over 1,100 kg, this stat seems even more impressive.

This car has already dominated its class at the famous Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Not satisfied with that VW turned it’s attention to toppling the electric car record around the famous Nurburgring. On the 3rd of this month, Volkswagen made their attempt and with works driver Romain Dumas at the wheel, the marque managed a new record, lapping the famous circuit in an incredible 6:05.336, this broke the previous record, set by an NIO EP9 by a full 40 seconds.

Electric cars are starting to become mindblowing. It may be a while before we are all in one, but at Big Motoring World the change is starting to come in and we already have a wide selection of hybrid and semi-electric vehicles available. All of our used cars from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi can be found over on our main group website, here.