Audi R8 E-Tron Sets a New World Record at the 'Ring

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The record of 8:09.099 minutes around the Nurburgring might not sound that impressive for an Audi R8, especially since the V8 has done it in 8:04, and the V10 with a faster time of 7:44. But besides of those two, what other versions are there? And for that question, comes in the new version of the Audi R8, the Audi R8 E-Tron, or could also be known as the fastest electric car in production to have lapped the 20.8km track.

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Yes, this new version of the R8 is no longer playing the power by the Vs, but through the electric motors that jolts it to this all-new record. Driven by Markus Winkelhock, who is also a racing driver that led the Audi R8 LMS Ultra with his team to a victory at the recent 24-hour race at Nurburgring, he was impressed by the E-Tron’s sporty characteristics like the low center of gravity and the rear-biased weight distribution. And like most of the electric cars, he was also astonished by the torque that the motors generated.

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The Audi R8 E-Tron is one of Audi’s great creations in the pursuit of finding alternatives for petrol in automotive performance. It is powered by two electric motors in which both produce an electrifying 308hp/230kW with 820Nm of torque. And with that power, 0-100 is dealt at just 4.6 seconds and goes to a limited top speed of only 200km/h; although during the record run, it was allowed to go up to 250km/h.

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Despite the large 49KWh rechargeable lithium-ion battery that hunkers the E-Tron down, the total weight of only 1,780 kilograms was possible with the involvement of aluminum making out the most of the E-Tron’s body parts. With a full charge, Audi claims that this new electric car could cover a distance up to 215 kilometers, and the batteries could be charged by its energy recovery system during coasting and braking.

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Thinking of saving the environment but aiming for something sportier than the Prius or the Fisker Karma? Then this is the right car for you. All you have to do now is wait patiently for it to enter production, which had yet to be stated when, or even how much it will cost your pockets with.

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Sources:

<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/29/audi-r8-e-tron-laps-ring-in-record-setting-8-09-celebrates-sil/">http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/29/audi-r8-e-tron-laps-ring-in-record-setting-8-09-celebrates-sil/</a>

<a href="http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/wheels/audi-r8-e-tron-sets-world-record-at-nurburgring_725024.html">http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/wheels/audi-r8-e-tron-sets-world-record-at-nurburgring_725024.html</a>

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_N%C3%BCrburgring_Nordschleife_lap_times">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_N%C3%BCrburgring_Nordschleife_lap_times</a>

<a href="http://www.autoevolution.com/news-g-image/spyshots-audi-r8-e-tron-first-tests-at-nurburgring/73809.html">http://www.autoevolution.com/news-g-image/spyshots-audi-r8-e-tron-first-tests-at-nurburgring/73809.html</a>
 

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