Volkswagen on Wednesday revealed the latest iteration of its ID R all-electric racing car, which on Thursday will begin testing towards the company’s goal of setting a new lap record at the Nürburgring. The eventual goal is to beat the existing electric-car ‘Ring record of 6 minutes, 45.9 seconds, which was set by the Nio EP9 in 2017.The Volkswagen ID R already has some pretty serious lap times under its belt, having set a new Pikes Pike International Hill Climb record and an electric-car record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. With Germany’s famed Nürburgring not only the international benchmark against which all modern cars are tested, as well as being in VW’s homeland, it’s no surprise the company has its eyes set on trouncing Nio’s Green Hell lap time. As at Pikes Peak, the ID R will be driven by racing driver Romain Dumas.Enlarge ImageA new wing, new brakes and other technical changes prepare the ID R for the Green Hell. Volkswagen The ID R has been modified significantly for use at the Nürburgring, starting with new electronics for charging and discharging the twin lithium-ion battery packs on the track. Whereas at Pikes Peak the ID R was able to extract about 20 percent of the power it needed through regenerative braking, at the Nordschleife VW said it predicts that figure will only be about 10 percent.The car’s aerodynamic elements have also been redesigned, with a new front spoiler and fully enclosed underbody designed for higher speeds. The new rear wing reduces the ID R’s total height by 8.7 inches compared to prior versions. Overall, the car has 33 percent less aerodynamic drag than the Pikes Peak version, yet VW still claims total downforce is “roughly twice as much” downforce as a Formula 1 car. A drag reduction system can temporarily lower drag by 20 percent.Enlarge ImageThe ID R as it appeared at Pikes Peak. Volkswagen Other changes include the installation of carbon-fiber brake discs, which VW says are not only lighter than the car’s prior ceramic discs but also lighter. All told, the ID R weighs “less than” 2,425 pounds, including the driver.As when it campaigned at Pikes Peak, the ID R will have plenty of power at its disposal. Its twin electric motors produce 670 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, directed to the road through Bridgestone Potenza race tires. VW claims the car will accelerate to 62 mph in just 2.25 seconds, with top speed estimated at 168 mph. Even more incredible is that around the ‘Ring, VW expects an average speed of more than 112 mph. 0 Tags The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car Post a comment Share your voice 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable More From Roadshow 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive Electric Cars Performance Cars 18 Photos 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Volkswagen Volkswagen
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the CEO of Paytm holds majority stake in the proposed payments bank.Wikimedia CommonsPaytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the youngest Indian to join the Forbes billionaire list.Sharma, 39, is the only Indian billionaire under the age of 40. He is ranked 1,394th on the list with a fortune of $1.7 billion.Son of a schoolteacher from a small city in north India, Sharma founded fast-rising mobile wallet Paytm in 2011. Paytm has notched up 250 million registered users and 7 million transactions daily, according to Forbes.Sharma owns 16 percent of Paytm, which is now valued at $9.4 billion. He has also created Paytm Mall, an e-commerce business business and the Paytm Payments Bank.Sharma, who couldn’t sit for the IIT entrance owing to his poor english proficiency, loved browsing the internet and dreamt about being in Silicon Valley, the mecca for worldwide innovation.He built his first company- ‘XS Communications’, a college-based startup that created Content Management Systems.While trying to set up One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm, Sharma took a loan of Rs 8 lakhs, which got him into a vicious cycle of unpayable debt. This forced him to take up petty jobs to make ends meet, setting up LAN connections, delivering guest lectures and others.With a few initial hiccups, Sharma founded Paytm in 2011.Globally, the 63 youngest billionaires in the world are worth a collective $265 billion, up from $208 billion last year.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote at 1:30 p.m. ET on whether to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.The chairman, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, announced the vote as the committee began its meeting.Kavanaugh has just picked up a key vote of support from a committee Republican, Arizona’s Jeff Flake.Republicans have slim 11-10 majority on the committee. With Flake’s support, Kavanaugh’s nomination is expected to clear the committee and go to the full Senate.The Senate could begin taking procedural votes over the weekend ahead of a final confirmation vote early next week.Several Democratic Judiciary Committee members walked out of the hearing this morning. Share
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major North Staffordshire road will continue to be closed overnight for the next two evenings as roadworks continue. The A34 Stone Road will be shut in both directions between the A5035 Longton Road (Trentham Roundabout/Trentham) and the A51 (Dalraston Island/Meaford). The road is shut between 9pm and 5am on Thursday night (May 31) and Friday night (June 1), according to traffic data company INRIX, having previously been closed on Wednesday night. Staffordshire County Council are carrying out the works on the road. A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said motorists should factor the closure into their travel plans. He said: “Work is ongoing on the A34, Stone Road, at Meaford & the roundabout at Strongford. The road will be closed in both directions between points A and B (Image: Inrix) “Although this is not city council work, it is having an impact on our roads & your journey may take longer. “The road will be closed overnight tonight and tomorrow from its junction with the A5035 (Longton Road) to Meaford to allow these works to take place safely. “Diversion routes will be signed.” Read MoreFirst class! Post Office will deliver a new branch in town centre after community has been left without a facility for months Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.