Audi R8 e-tron sets a record for electric vehicles on Nurburgring

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 30, 2012

Audi’s R8 e-tron was at the Nürburgring Nordschleife where it set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system. The record was achieved by racing driver Markus Winkelhock who drove the high-performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) track in only 8:09.099 minutes. The Nürburgring is the most difficult test track in the world too, making this feat even more impressive.

Audi has also been able to reach another milestone after having had overall wins at the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Le Mans. In comparison, the present record lap driven by a combustion engined production of 7:11.57 minutes was made possibly with a Gumpert Apollo Sport, which in turn is powered by 515 kW (700 hp) Audi V8 gasoline engine.

The production model that will be launched at the market towards the end of 2012 is the same as the vehicle that Markus Winkelhock drove at the track. Its drive system goes with every detail with that of the production model that will be seen in the market at the end of 2012. This car has its usual electric motors to deliver 230 kW and 820 Nm of torque. Over 4,900 Nm (3,614.05 lb-ft) are sent to the rear wheels from a standing start. The Audi R8 e-tron can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 4.6 seconds. It can have a regularly limited top speed. It can achieve 200 km/h (124.27 mph); 250 km/h (155.34 mph), which got approval for the record-setting lap.

The R8 e-tron’s stores will have to be planned out well. It comes with 49 KWh of energy – which is sufficient for the distance of around 215 kilometers (133.59 miles). Because of its T shape, it can be installed in the center tunnel and in the area position between the passenger compartment and the rear axle.

It is charged by energy recovery during coasting and braking. The ultralight car body of the Audi R8 e-tron consists mainly of d aluminum, along with CFRP components . This is the main reason why the high-performance sports car could only weigh 1,780 kilograms (3,924.23 lb), even with the large battery.

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