A trip down our record-breaking lane.

The Volkswagen ID. R electric race car that set a record for climbing Pikes Peak last year now owns two more records. Driver Romain Dumas made the climb at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in just 41.18 seconds, breaking a 20-year-old record by half a second.

This comes just one month after the ID. R snagged the record for fastest electric car around the Nürburgring. Dumas made the lap in 6:05.336 minutes beating the previous EV record set in 2017 by 40.564 seconds – and in the process, surpassing every fossil-fuel powered record at the track save one.

But enough about the ID.R, Volkswagen has been breaking records for decades. Here’s a look back at all of the times we’ve changed the game in the auto industry.

produced car.

Volkswagen Beetle No. 15,007,034 rolled off the assembly line in Germany, surpassing Ford’s venerable Model T as the most highly produced car in history.



A 1,900-mile test drive.

Golf I “Alaska-Tierra del Fuego” and a second bright-yellow Golf I, completed what was probably the longest test drive ever taken by a new car, almost 1,900 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina


Speed record at Nardò Ring.

The Volkswagen W12 Coupé concept car set the world record at Italy’s Nardò Ring for all speed classes over 24 hours, with an average speed of 200.6 mph.




Speed record
at Bonneville.

Jetta Hybrid set the land speed record at Bonneville with a top speed of 187.147 mph.

Top track speed electronically limited in U.S. Always obey all speed and traffic laws.

Fastest lap at Nürburgring.

VW Golf GTI Clubsport S broke the record for the fastest front-drive car to lap the Nürburgring at 7:49:21 minutes.



Most cars
in 2018.

VW delivered more cars globally than any other automaker in history with 10.83 million units.

midsize car.

At over 30M sold, the Passat is the highest selling midsize car ever.