Yes, it is electric. No, it does not have pistons. It does not burn gasoline, alcohol, or diesel fuel. This is the VW ID.R, an electric racer built to do exactly what it does here, which is to haul ass around race tracks and test the limits of electric technology in a high performance environment. We’re not electric car champions around here. We love combustion, we love pistons, and we love the sound and fury that those engines provide. All this being said, this car is impressive and denying what’s afoot with electric cars is pretty dumb. They’re here now, they are full of weird flaws but they are getting better. That’s the facts. You don’t have to love them.
In this scenario, the driver was Romain Dumas and he hustled the car around the 12.9 mile Nurburgring in 6:05 minutes. As you will see, this thing is no slouch, and while it’s batteries may have had their tongues hanging out by the time he was done, the car performs very well, seems fast as hell, and sounds like George Jetson’s car.
Yeah, the sound. While we may not be totally crazy about the screamy, high-pitch nature of road racing cars, we’re definitely not in on the whole electric shaver vibe. The thing sounds like a Traxxas car, which actually makes sense, right?
It’s a brave new world out there…whether we like it or not.