Volkswagen is taking on Mercedes' F1 car, by challenging their record at the Sonoma Festival of Speed this spring.
The ID.R will have to round the 2.52-mile track in just 1:15.430. That's the time set by Esteban Gutierrez in Mercedes' championship-winning 2016 F1 car. That time was set last year at the very first Sonoma Festival of Speed, which is where VW will make its attempt between May 28-31.
Reports suggest that a second-generation of the ID.R will also debut at the event, which promises more grip, more speed, less weight, and longer range. The Sonoma Festival of Speed's literature, however, suggests that it will continue to make the 670 hp we're accustomed to. Regardless of generation, VW will likely change the aero and energy setups to be optimized for the track.
The ID.R has already taken a record away from an F1 car, albeit unofficially. Last year at the Goodwood, the ID.R drove up the hillclimb course in just 41 seconds, beating the previous record set by a V12 F1 car, also a Mercedes.
The ID.R also holds the overall records at Pikes Peak and China's Heaven's Gate highway, course. It is the fastest electric car to ever round the Nurburgring, as well.