This past weekend the Audi R8 e-tron took part in the first ever Silvretta E-Auto Rally Montafon 2010 and won.
“We are delighted at the Audi e-tron”s victory in the first E-Auto Rally,” declared Michael Dick, member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG with responsibility for Technical Development. “On the Silvretta E-Auto Rally”s challenging route profile, we were able to demonstrate that we are well on the way to bringing electric drive to production maturity with our e-tron technology demonstrator based on the R8.”
The R8 e-tron was pitted against 23 other electric cars over three days of racing, clinching victory in the overall standings by more than half a second. This rally was not just about speed. The vehicles had to achieve specific target times in the time trials.
Audi said the biggest challenge for the team was on the second day”s racing in the famous Silvretta mountain and valley time trials. In the fourth time trial, the Audi R8 e-tron had to drive up the Silvretta High Alpine Road and handle an altitude difference of 3,281 ft over the mountain road”s 9.3 miles.
Refresher: The Audi e-tron concept is powered by four electric motors ““ two each at the front and rear axles ““ producing 313-hp and a maximum torque of 3,319 lb-ft of torque (501.5 lb-ft in real world terms). 0 to 62 mph comes in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 124 mph. Driving range equals 154 miles on a full charge.
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