Audi sets fastest yet electric car lap record at Nürburgring
The Nürburgring is shaping up to be one of the benchmarks for high performance electric cars. Audi is the latest company to have a go at setting a lap record for electric cars on the Nürburgring, with an Audi R8 e-tron, setting what the company calls "a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system". The record is not the fastest electric car on the Nürburgring, but for series production electric cars.
The new record, set by the Audi R8 e-tron, with Markus Winkelhock driving, is 8:09.099 minutes on the 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) Nürburgring race track in Germany.
The drive system on the car is the same as the production R8 e-tron which Audi says will come on the market at the end of this year. It has two electric motors, each generating an output of 280 kW and 820 Nm of torque. This gives the R8 e-tron a 0-62.14 mph (100kph) time of just 4.6 seconds. Top speed is normally limited to 200 kph (124.27 mph), and a 250 km/h (155.34 mph) limit was approved for the record-setting lap. It carries a lithium-ion battery pack with 49 kilowatt-hours of capacity, which Audi claims will give a 215 kilometers (133.59 miles) driving range, but the company does not specify the test protocol behind that range claim. The battery pack is in a T shape, allowing it to fit into the central tunnel, and behind the passenger compartment. The car body is primarily made of aluminum along with carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastics (CFRP) giving it a weight of just 1,780 kilograms (3,924.23 lb), despite the large battery pack.