Gasp! The I.D. R Is Going to Take on the Nurburgring

Volkswagen is doing the thing! The brand officially announced Saturday that the electric I.D. R will take on Germany’s fearsome Nurburgring.

And while we’ve long expected this—it just makes sense—it will still be exciting to see what the I.D. R can do. Officially, they’re going after the electric record, which the NIO EP9 set at 6:45.9. The overall record, set by Porsche last summer, will be considerably harder to reach at 5:19.5.

“The thought of driving the ID. R on the Nordschleife is already enough to give me goosebumps. I know the track very well, but the ID. R will be a completely different challenge, with its extreme acceleration and huge cornering speeds,” says Romain Dumas, who drove the I.D. R to the overall record at Pikes Peak. “I can hardly wait for the first tests. Breaking the existing electric record will certainly not be a stroll in the park.”

Volkswagen will have the benefit of Porsche’s experience since the latter did help the former with aerodynamics for the I.D. R’s Pikes Peak record attempt. And that will be important for VW.

“Above all, we will modify the aerodynamics of the ID. R, in order to cope with the conditions on the Nordschleife, which differ greatly from those on Pikes Peak,” says François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director at Volkswagen Motorsport.

The I.D. R makes roughly 670 hp, which may not seem inordinately impressive, but VW carefully limited power to make sure the car weighs less than 2500 lbs (with the driver). Volkswagen also carefully measured its power output to be sure that Dumas could push as hard as possible all the way up Pikes Peak, which will be equally important for the Nurburgring’s long final straight.

The team will get help from their experienced driver, though, who not only has been the I.D. R’s driver since its earliest development days but who has also competed in four 24 Hour of Nurburgring events.

Together, they will have about six more months to prepare for the record attempt, which Volkswagen says will take place this summer.