Volkswagen Teases the I.D. R’s Next “Mission” with Mysterious Shots of Silent Track

We still don’t know where the I.D. R’s next mission will take it (the Nurburgring), but VW is set to announce that this weekend. Until then, though, they’re teasing us with these shots of a mystery track (the Nurburgring).

Although we can’t say for sure (-.-) where Volkswagen will take the I.D. R, it has promised to announce the next track it takes on at this weekend’s Zell am See rally in Austria.

Autocar previously reported that Volkswagen would take the I.D. R to the Nurburgring, but Autocar “reports” a lot of stuff, so maybe we should take that with a grain of salt.

What we do know for sure ever since it set the overall record at Pikes Peak is that the I.D. R can go really fast for about 12 miles, which, joy of joys, is almost exactly how long the Nurburgring is.

We also know that the VW group is a big fan of the ‘ring and has a few records there already. With the Porsche 919 Evo having taken the overall record there a few months ago, VW has a wealth of data on how to run the track extremely quickly.

As we know, Volkswagen Motorsport already used Porsche’s help in designing the I.D. R, with some claiming that the shape was heavily based on the 919 (albeit with all the aero bits curved up to 11 because of the altitude).

While the Volkswagen Group has some money to throw around for its EV department program, track time is expensive and any money they can save by using Porsche’s data will likely be welcome.

What will be interesting is to see if the I.D. R can beat the Porsche. On the one hand that would be an inversion in terms of brands, but on the other hand, the 919 Evo is a defunct race car from a defunct program, that uses the “drivetrain of the past.” And, apparently, not all of the brands feel the need to defer to Porsche.

The I.D. R’s driver, Romain Dumas, reports that the I.D. R and the 919 feel pretty similar.

“Oh, I think in terms of braking and acceleration it’s the same,” Dumas told “in term of cornering the Pikes Peak car has even more downforce so you can put even more speed into a corner.”

That was with the high altitude aero, though, so things might change.

If it is to beat the Porsche, it will have to round the track in less than 5:19.5 seconds, which will be wildly difficult. Remember that the I.D. R finished the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 7:57 and that’s slightly shorter than the Nurburgring, though it is admittedly quite a bit more uphill. The lower aero and altitude demands of the Nurburgring may also mean that VW can wring more out of its electric motors and the two have a similar number of corners (154 NRBG to 156 PP), so regenerative braking should be relatively similar.

The number of cars that have set well-publicized times at both tracks is fairly small since Pikes Peak is such a unique event, but a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S was capable of a 10:26 time at Pikes Peak and has been clocked at 7:34 at the Nurburgring. And that doesn’t appear to be an unusual difference in times.

That’s a big difference, but a lack of aero or electric power means that the 911 is even more susceptible to altitudinal effects than the I.D. R, so a gap that large in times is less likely.

Still, it is useful to know that despite the similar length and the similar number of corners, shaving minutes off a run time between Pikes Peak and the Nurburgring isn’t impossible or even unlikely. It also suggests that taking the EV lap record away from the NIO EP9 (which set a time of 6:45.9 at the Nurburgring) is possible.

Whatever comes of this weekend’s announcement VW has proven that the I.D. R is capable of setting seriously impressive times and that it’s out for records.