The Audi R8 e-tron has set the world record for the fastest lap time around the Nurburgring for a production electric-vehicles. The R8 e-tron lapped the famous German track in 8:09.099 while being driven by Racing driver Markus Winkelhock
“The R8 e-tron has given a magnificent demonstration of its potential on the toughest race track in the world,” said Michael Dick, AUDI AG Board Member for Technical Development. Dick, who completed a fast lap himself in the R8 e-tron, added: “The record-setting drive confirmed that we are on the right track. To us, electric mobility has never been about sacrifice, but rather is about emotion, sportiness and driving pleasure.”
The Audi R8 e-tron is fully electric and its motors pump out 308-hp with a maximum torque of 604 lb-ft, with more than 3,614 lb-ft of torque sent back to the rear wheels from standstill. 0 to 62 mph comes in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 122 mph (155.34 mph was approved for the record-setting lap).
“The record drives were a fantastic experience for me,” said Winkelhock. “Of course, the R8 e-tron is a production car, not a racing car with the assistance of aerodynamics. But with its low center of gravity and rear biased weight distribution, it brings with it a lot of sporty qualities.”
- By: Omar Rana