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Volkswagen ID R to chase Nurburgring EV record

Volkswagen has turned its energy from Pikes Peak to the Nurburgring, announcing plans to topple the electric lap record currently owned by the NIO EP9. Where it chased the outright record up Pikes Peak, the record within Volkswagen's sights is purely related to electric vehicles...

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Volkswagen considering an all-electric R model
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Volkswagen considering an all-electric R model

With the electric Volkswagen ID hatch, ID Buzz people mover, and ID Crozz crossover all approved for production, the Wolfburg-based firm is thinking of adding some excitement to the battery-powered range. "We have an idea [for an electric R], based on what’s going on on the racing and production side, but we haven’t defined a date yet," Jost Capito, head of Volkswagen's R division, told Autocar...


Volkswagen I.D. R's record-breaking Pikes Peak run - onboard video
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Volkswagen I.D. R's record-breaking Pikes Peak run - onboard video

Volkswagen set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb a whole month ago, but onboard footage of Romain Dumas' full run in the I.D. R is only just surfacing. The all-electric racer annihilated Sebastien Loeb's record up the famous Colorado course, completing it in just 7:57.148 – and apparently it could have gone faster, had the high-altitude hillclimb not been cloaked in soupy fog...


Volkswagen I.D. R sets electric Goodwood hillclimb record
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Volkswagen I.D. R sets electric Goodwood hillclimb record

Volkswagen has added another record to the I.D. R's trophy cabinet, setting a new high watermark for electric cars up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb. The low-slung electric Volkswagen took just 43.05 seconds to complete the run, comfortably besting the 47.34 mark set by Jonny Cocker in the Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV...


Volkswagen I.D. R sets sights on Goodwood Hillclimb record
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Volkswagen I.D. R sets sights on Goodwood Hillclimb record

Hot on the heels of its triumph at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Volkswagen is letting the all-electric I.D. R loose at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The all-wheel drive tearaway will be piloted by Romain Dumas, who has his sights set on breaking yet another pure-electric record. Along with the I.D...


Volkswagen: Next-gen R models to be more 'extreme' - report
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Volkswagen: Next-gen R models to be more 'extreme' - report

Volkswagen says its future R-branded performance models will be more 'extreme' than the current crop, hinting at a next-generation portfolio that could include a crazy Golf R, R versions of the upcoming I.D. electric family, along with R SUVs...


Volkswagen Golf twin-engine Pikes Peak racer restored
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Volkswagen Golf twin-engine Pikes Peak racer restored

Volkswagen has made a lot of noise about its return to Pikes Peak, frequently referencing its history at the legendary Colorado hillclimb. It doesn't own any records at the mountain, and it isn't a frequent competitor – in fact, the company has only entered once...


Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak revealed
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Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak revealed

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has been revealed this week, ahead of its debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event. Packing two electric motors, the I.D. R Pikes Peak claims outputs of 680hp (507kW) and 649Nm, along with a 0-60mph (0-96km/h) time of just 2.25 seconds. At Pikes Peak, the I.D...


Volkswagen I.D. R unveiled ahead of Pikes Peak
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Volkswagen I.D. R unveiled ahead of Pikes Peak

Volkswagen has revealed renders of the all-electric racer it will use to tackle Pikes Peak this year, dubbed the I.D. R. The four-wheel-drive racer was teased as a successor to the twin-engine Golf, run as a one-off in the 1987 Pikes Peak hillclimb. Although it was undeniably cool, the 486kW racer failed to reach the finish line...