Dumas’s lap averaged just over 205 kph (127 mph), making it the second-fastest in the Nürburgring’s history. This time beats even Stefan Bellof’s famous 6:11, set in 1983 behind the wheel of a Porsche 956, though it still falls short of Timo Bernhard’s all-time record of 5:19, chalked up late last year in the Porsche 919 Evo. Likewise, it means that the Volkswagen ID.R and Dumas along with it hold three electric course records at renowned international racing venues, including the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the Goodwood Hill Climb, and now the Nürburgring. Said PPIHC record is also the mountain’s overall record, knocking out the former record-holding Peugeot 208 T16 by 16 seconds.
Volkswagen and Dumas claimed the record from Chinese electric carmaker Nio, whose EP9 supercar laid down a 6:45.9 more than two years back. Holding on to a ‘Ring record for more than two years during a period where the road car lap record was broken multiple times is a mighty feat for a startup, but as quick as the Nio EP9 was, it as a road car had nothing on the purpose-built Volkswagen ID.R.
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