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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.
Audi’s E-Tron electric R8 has been given the green light and should be on the road in two to three years. Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen has said that a car based on the E-Tron concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show last month, will be built. He expects fully functional examples to be ready in two years, but a production version may take slightly longer.
The E-Tron concept uses three electric motors (one for each wheel) to deliver true all-wheel drive quattro performance. Together the motors make 313hp and a ridiculous 3,319 ft-lbs of torque. Surprisingly, despite that giant power output, the car’s 0-62 mph time is just 4.8 seconds. The car’s total weight is 3,527 lbs, although over 1,000 lbs of that is the battery pack situated behind the passenger compartment but ahead of the rear axle. The E-Tron is capable of traveling 154 miles on a single charge.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as progress on the E-Tron is made, especially as Mercedes is working to bring an electric version of the SLS supercar to market in the near future as well.
Audi has been teasing the world with rumors of an electric car debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, but executives have gone so far as to flatly deny the existence of an electric R8.
Now the folks over at WorldCarFans have received a selection of renderings for an R8 called the E-Tron. (Apparently Tron is a running theme this year, with BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics Concept looking like something from the movie).
The photos show an obvious R8 profile with several differences, including a new front grille, different headlights, a new rear end design and wheels. Most notably different, however, is the interior, which shows a clean cockpit with an LCD screen between the main gauges. There is also an LED screen on the driver’s A-pillar.
Unless Audi decided to fess-up to the Electric R8, we’ll have to wait until the automaker’s press conference tomorrow (September 15th) at the Frankfurt Auto Show and keep watching ElectricityUntamed.com.
GALLERY: Audi R8 E-Tron Concept
Audi promises electric car unveiling at Frankfurt Auto Show
After vehemently denying rumors that the company is working on an electric version of the R8 sports car, Audi is stirring up interest by launching a new website called Electricity Untamed. There isn’t much on the site, expect for a drawing of a sports car that could be an R8, or a TT, or even, well, any Audi.
There’s also a brief message saying that “electricity will be untamed” on September 15th, which, by no coincidence, is the first day of the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Whether Audi actually does have plans for a zero-emissions R8 to compete with cars like the electric Mercedes SLS gullwing remains to be seen.
Be sure to check back with AutoGuide on September 15th when we begin live coverage of the Frankfurt Auto Show.