Audi R8 e-tron on the Nürburgring

Audi sets fastest yet electric car lap record at Nürburgring

The Nürburgring is one of the toughest race courses in the world, and Audi is the latest automaker to set an electric car speed record there, with an 8:09.099 minutes lap time.

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.

Following the lap record of 8:09.099 minutes, driver Markus Winkelhock took out a second R8 e-tron onto the Nordschleife, this one was limited to a 200 km/hr speed, and took two hot laps. The 8:30.873 and 8:26.096 minutes lap times were meant to "underscore the production-relevance of the R8 e-tron and the capability of its drive technology."

“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.”


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