ON MONDAY driver Romain Dumas and the VW Motorsport team summoned lightning out of a clear blue sky. Blessed with near-perfect conditions at Germany’s Nürburgring test track, Mr. Dumas, at the wheel of Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.R speedster, powered around the 12.94-mile course in a breathtaking, barely visible 6:05.336. That figure is second overall only to another green arrow, Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Evo, an unlimited gas-electric hybrid that did the deed last year in 5:19.546.
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After the success of its all-electric I.D R racer, Volkswagen plans to spend $50 billion on EVs in hopes of erasing the memory of Dieselgate. Dan Neil follows the redemption tour.
Volkswagen has been transforming since 2015, working to atone for the damage of the diesel matter while improving the core business, instituting new ethics and compliance programs with real teeth, and aggressively investing in electric vehicle development and production. Next the company needed to address its iconic brand.
Meet the future electric concept vehicles that VW has debuted at auto shows around the world. This includes the I.D., I.D. VIZZION, I.D. BUZZ, and the I.D. CROZZ.