Volkswagen launches ID. R virtual racing simulator on RaceRoom
Driver Romain Dumas has won the famous 24-hour Nürburgring-Nordschleife race four times, but is still cautious about approaching the infamously dangerous circuit in the new Volkswagen ID. R racing machine. So he practices on a simulator.
But Dumas will not be the only one to have the opportunity to drive the ID. R on the Nordschleife. Volkswagen has launched an online racing simulation for the free-to-play racing simulator RaceRoom, in which the gamer can take the ID. R to the world-famous track and compete with Romain Dumas—with the option to use virtual reality glasses as well. The computer vehicle model was created based on original ID. R data, while the engineers from Volkswagen Motorsport have given the game developers deep insights into the driving dynamics of the car in order to make the driving experience as realistic as possible. All information can be found at www.raceroom.com/volkswagen.
The Volkswagen ID. R electric race car makes its world debut today, having been in continuous development following last year’s success at setting the outright record at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Denver, Colorado. The racing flagship of Volkswagen’s future electric product family has one goal—to set a new electric vehicle lap record on the 12.9-mile-long Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The current record for electric vehicles is 6:45.90 minutes.
The ID. R’s 670 horsepower electric drivetrain has been adapted to the unique characteristics of the Nordschleife. “On the Nordschleife lap, the ID. R will reach an average speed of more than 112 mph—with a top speed on the straight of up to 168 mph…”
“I have already driven the Nordschleife with the ID. R on the simulator countless times. But you only get the true feeling from the incredibly high cornering speeds when you’re on the actual track. The extent to which the ID. R has been continuously developed compared to 2018 is impressive. I can’t wait to finally drive the ID. R on the Nordschleife,” says Dumas.