Volkswagen wants the electric lap record at the Nurburgring
Records are meant to be broken, right? Well, the outright lap record at the Nurburgring stood for over three decades before Porsche came back to better it this summer. Now, it seems that the record might fall again, sooner than anyone expected, and in the hands of Volkswagen no less. The German manufacturer plans to obliterate the existing record for electric cars with the already impressive I.D.R., but there might be enough juice in the electric prototype to top the overall leaderboard in the process.
The outright record around the northern loop of the Nurburgring was something of a staple in motorsport. For over 30 years, the 6:11.130 lap time set by Germany’s Stefan Bellof was unbeaten. That is, until this summer when Porsche brought their 919 on steroids and, with Timo Bernhard behind the wheel, sliced the fastest lap time by almost a minute. It seems, now, that the new record won’t last for other three-and-a-half decades as the car that proved untouchable at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb event will take on the Nurburgring next May.
Volkswagen won’t abandon combustion engines but will focus on EVs beyond 2026
Volkswagen’s plans with the I.D. family are undoubtedly grand, and the German manufacturer is going to great lengths to make sure their upcoming EVs will be best-sellers from the word go, but internal combustion engines won’t be killed off by the end of 2026 as previously reported.
Remember VW’s plans to build 1,000,000 EVs a year by 2025? Well, the car maker from Wolfsburg is now aiming to roll out 15,000,000 cars based on the new MEB platform in the first wave. That calls for a continuous flow of money that will see Volkswagen cut costs by eliminating some of the ICE models from its lineup and curtail redundancies in various administrative departments.
Is The VW ID R About To Tackle The Nurburgring?
As one of the most astounding racing cars in the world, the electric Volkswagen ID R seems to be gunning for the Nurburgring Lap Record. Sources close to the company reported that Volkswagen actually booked the track for May next year. We suspect it will try to send the slightly retuned electric ID R to that very track in order to slash the electric car record and take the scalp off the Nio EP9. That one managed to lap the Green Hell in 6 minutes 45.9 seconds. It is, obviously, a really fast car. Yet, considering the blistering Volkswagen ID R hill climb run at Pikes Peak where it smashed the previous record by 15 seconds and managed to finish the course in 7min 57.148 seconds, I can only imagine it will do the same at Nurburgring.
Word Has It Volkswagen Is Developing an ID Electric Beach Buggy
Volkswagen might be working hard to broaden its cutting-edge electric offerings as of late, but it isn’t forgetting where it came from, digging deep into its catalogue of classic hits to mate the new with the old. Now, the latest VW icon to get EV’d could be the ever-lovable Beach Buggy.
Volkswagen Will Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines by 2026
Finally, Volkswagen has made the announcement. After investing billions of dollars into electrification already, the German automaker said that the next generation of its cars will be the last with internal combustion engines, which will be phased out completely by 2026.
2018 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo
Volkswagen is reviving the Type 2 Transporter Delivery Van of the ’60s with its new I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept which was presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany. As a sibling to the I.D. Buzz it uses the same MEB platform and will come as early as 2021 with a variety of battery options to suit anyone and everyone’s needs.
Update 11/27/2018: The Volkswagen I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept is making it’s auto show debut here in Los Angeles, so we’ve finally got a real good look at it. Check out our review below to see all the new pictures.
Volkswagen Rumored to Flood Segment With New Subcompact Crossover EV
Volkswagen’s I.D. lineup of electric vehicles keeps growing. The German automaker has already greenlit production versions of the I.D., I.D. Buzz, I.D. Crozz, and I.D. Vizzion concepts. Now, a new report indicates that Volkswagen isn’t done adding new models to the fold. A new subcompact crossover is under consideration for the all-electric I.D. range. The model is pegged as an entry-level vehicle that will cost a little over $21,000. If it gets approved, it could go on sale sometime after 2020.
The entry-level electric Volkswagen will cost under $25,000
Volkswagen will introduce the cheapest model of its upcoming I.D. family of electric models in 2022, and it will cost no more than $23,000. For that money, you get a five-door compact crossover that will probably spawn similar versions in the Seat and Skoda lineup which will probably come at an even cheaper MSRP.
We already know that Volkswagen’s I.D. family, which will take the electric car market by storm hopes the German manufacturer, is set to feature production versions of the Buzz, Crozz and Vizzion concepts as well as the Neo. Now, sources within VW confirm that the manufacturer has approved the production of another model that will sit at the bottom of the range, price wise.
Volkswagen Poised for Enormous Surge in EV Production
Volkswagen will launch its first models from theI.D. family of EVs next year and, by 2025, plans to be shipping 1,000,000 of such battery-powered cars worldwide. This means that the German manufacturer wants that 1 out of 6 cars they sell in six years’ time to be electric.
The world’s automotive manufacturers look for ways to increase their presence in the BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) market, and Volkswagen seems to be one of the boldest of them all, setting a target of 1,000,000 EVs sold in 2025. The global sales volume of EVs in 2017 rose by 60% compared to 2016 and, this year, the 1,000,000-cars threshold could be surpassed.
Keep reading to understand how Volkswagen intends to grow its EV footprint
Take a Look Back at VW’s Record-Breaking Run Up Pikes Peak: Video
This summer, Volkswagen conquered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race with their fantastic I.D. R prototype, which was driven by Romain Dumas up the mountain in a record time of 7:57.148, 16 seconds under Sebastien Loeb’s 5-year-old record.
Motorsport is still a relevant marketing tool and battle-scarred Volkswagen decided the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the perfect place to showcase its electric technology. The race, which has been going since 1916, sees competitors climb up the 12.42-mile-long course all the way to 14,000 feet. Nowadays, there’s no more dirt at Pikes Peak, but that doesn’t make the challenge itself any less daunting.
Volkswagen Prepares for I.D.-Range Production With An Updated All-Electric Facility
Every automaker is in the race to become the leader of the new revolution in the auto world known as electrification. While some are inculcating this into their current infrastructure, Volkswagen has gone a step ahead and is set to have an all-electric plant in Germany. Given how the Dieselgate scandal turned out for VAG, will this help them save face and reclaim the lost trust amongst its customers?
2018 Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak
In case you hadn’t heard, Volkswagen is pivoting to a greener, more eco-friendly approach to building its cars, offering up plans to produce a host of new all-electric models over the next several years. Spearheading this new direction is a range of vehicles dubbed the I.D. family, which includes concepts like the Buzz minivan and Crozz four-door crossover. However, doesn’t think the I.D. range will be the death of go-fast VW’s - quite the opposite, in fact, as VW is also prepping a little something labeled I.D. for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado this June. It’s called the I.D. R, and it’s the company’s first-ever all-electric race car, purpose-built to tackle the Race to the Clouds. If ever there was a worthwhile application of VW’s EV tech, this is it. Mind the wing.
Update 08/27/2018: We just came back from Monterey Car Week 2018 and can’t wait to share the images we took of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pike Peak racer. If you thought it looked cool before, check it out up close and personal in our gallery at the bottom of this page!
Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Breaks Electric Record at Goodwood FOS
This weekend saw the 25th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with it, a host of impressive machinery came out to strut their stuff up the short hillclimb course. While there was certainly no shortage of fast cars on hand, one in particular stood out from the rest, as the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to reset the record books for all-electric racers at the event.
Continue reading for the full story.
Romain Dumas and the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer Shatter the Pikes Peak Time Attack Record
Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. R hummed its way into Pikes Peak lore after smashing the International Hillclimb’s record with a time of 7:57.148, becoming the first-ever race car to complete the 12.42-mile course in under eight minutes. The record-setting run happened over the weekend, etching the car and its driver, Romain Dumas, into the Pike Peak International Hillclimb record books.
VW Gears Up For Pikes Peak With I.D. R All-Electric Racer: Video
The 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is rapidly approaching, and Volkswagen will be there to challenge the standing course record with this - the I.D. R, an all-electric racer purpose-built for the job. The event is set to take place at the end of the month, but VW is already onsite in Colorado, prepping for the big day with a few test runs in an effort to sort out any lingering issues with the new racing machine. Chronicling the latest efforts is this 2-minute, 46-second teaser vid, which shows the I.D. R in action alongside an interview with its driver, Romain Dumas.
All told, the I.D. R certainly has the right specs for something like this. In addition to simply ludicrous aero, this carbon monster is powered by a dual-motor powertrain making 671 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it to 60 mph in just 2.25 seconds.
That’s quick, but Mr. Dumas has the skills to make it work, boasting a resume that includes wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and 12 Hours of Sebring, not to mention outright victories at Pikes Peak in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
That said, even the best driver and car in the world won’t make this a cake walk. The Pikes Peak course is highly technical and extremely dangerous, composed of 156 turns spread over 12.42 miles, rising nearly 5,000 feet. The finish line towers above the surrounding landscape at 14,110 feet above sea level, which has a profound effect on cooling and aerodynamics, not to mention the driver’s mental state.
Will VW pull it off? Tune in June 24th to find out.
The Upcoming Volkswagen ID Hatchback Will Carry Lots of Concept DNA
It looks like Volkswagen has learned from the past and will introduce the ID Hatchback with a look that is near identical to the 2016 I.D. Concept. Of course, there will be a few things changed here and there, but a new report from Autocar claims that it is essentially the concept. This is exciting news, and what won’t carry over is completely understandable. Keep reading to find out.
Volkswagen looking to swallow Tesla’s market share
The EV segment is seeing a lot of entrants these days. Every automaker out there, from Ford to Bentley, wants a share of the pie. Arguably, it was Tesla who may have taken the EV market by storm, but the worst is yet to come. Reports suggest that Volkswagen has placed an order for battery cells that matches the entire market value of Tesla! Now, how’s that for competition?
Volkwagen Will Roll Out the First ID Hatch Prototypes in April
Volkswagen’s ID revolution is about to begin when the first wave of ID hatchbacks roll off factory lines next month. Ok, so the cars being built aren’t exactly production models. They’re pre-production prototypes that will set the stage for VW engineers to begin the testing stage of the cars’ capabilities ahead of their eventual launch late next year.
2018 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion
The "Dieselgate" scandal of 2015 gave Volkswagen an awfully big headache, but it also prompted the German to take electrification a bit more seriously. In recent years, Volkswagen unleashed a series of EVs wearing the "I.D." badge that preview upcoming production models. The fourth vehicle in this series is called the I.D. Vizzion and showcased Volkswagen’s vision of a spacious, fully electric, and autonomous four-door sedan at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The German automaker’s lineup of I.D. concept models offers a glimpse at what Volkswagen has planned for the future. Three previous I.D. models have made their way across international stages, but this, the I.D. Vizzion Concept, is the first one designed to be fully autonomous. It doesn’t even have the option for human input. Yep, there is no steering wheel, pedals, or shifter – it’s all handled by the computer. Volkswagen calls this computer the “digital chauffeur.”
Simply plug in your destination, and the car takes care of the rest while passengers sit back and use their new free time for other tasks. The I.D. Vizzion is part of the company’s aggressive electric vehicle campaign, which includes 20 all-new EVs by 2025, so a production model is due to follow at some point. Until that happens, let’s see what this concept car is all about
Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion.