The top Nurburgring lap time for a street legal car is 6 minutes, 44.97 seconds by the blisteringly fast Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. That’s followed by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at 6 minutes, 47 seconds and then the barely street legal Radical SR8 LM. But when race cars hit the 12.9-mile, hundred-some turn course, records get smashed.
Last year it was the Porsche 919 Evo, which is a tailor-made track monster, built from the bones of the company’s 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning racer. And this year’s it’s Volkswagen and its Pikes Peak record-holding (and all-electric) ID.R.
It didn’t beat Porsche’s dominating, world-beating time of 5 minutes, 19.546 seconds, but nothing ever will. OK, something will at some point in the future, but not for a long time. The Volkswagen ID.R did almost break the six-minute mark with a time of 6:05.336. That’s the second-fastest time ever recorded and obviously the best for an electric vehicle.
“To be a record-holder on the Nordschleife makes me unbelievably proud,” says driver Romain Dumas. “For me, this is the best and most difficult race track in the world. The ID.R was perfectly prepared for the Nordschleife and it was so much fun to experience the blistering acceleration and rapid cornering speeds.”
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