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 |  Aug 07 2012, 11:32 AM

The Audi R8 e-Tron holds the record for the fastest all-electric production based vehicle to ever lap the Nurburgring, putting up a time of 8:09.099 back in June of this year. Now, a video has been released showing the electric super car making its record setting run at the hands of former DTM racer, Markus Winkelhock.

The nature of an electric car is different from the regular gas burning R8, because of the instant torque available from the electric engine. “The torque with which the electric motors propel the car uphill beats everything that I know – even if they make hardly any noise in the process, which at the start was really a completely new experience for me,” Winkelhock said. “In places where I really need traction, the torque vectoring – the displacement of the torque between the powered wheels – really [helped] me.”

Combined power from both electric motors nets the car 308 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque, making the 0-60 mph sprint possible in 4.6 seconds. For the record run, the top speed of the car was raised to 155 mph, from the regular 124 mph.

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