Published August 07, 2012
Back in June Audi set the fastest lap time of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for a produced-based electric car using its upcoming R8 e-tron. The final time for the electric supercar, which was piloted by German race car driver Markus Winkelhock, was a brisk 8:09.099.
Today we have a video of the epic achievement, showing the R8 e-tron covering the 12.92 miles of the Nürburgring both from inside and outside the cabin. One of the highlights of the video is the sound of the car (or lack thereof), with tire and wind noise proving dominant over the whine of the electric motors.
The Audi R8 e-tron is set to go on sale at the end of this year, though prototypes are still undergoing testing. The cars will be produced in a small facility at Audi’s main plant in Neckarsulm, in the south of Germany. Production will be limited, meaning they will be pricey, with some suggesting they will be the most expensive model in Audi's portfolio.
Power will come from two electric motors, one at each axle and rated a combined output of 308 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. This is enough for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.6 seconds and limited top speed of 124 mph.
For Winkelhock’s record run, the R8 e-tron needed to have its speed limit raised to 155 mph. This setting wasn’t chosen for the production car as it would rapidly deplete its battery, however, the R8 e-tron is fully capable of reaching such speeds when delimited. With its speed limited to 124 mph, the best time achieved by Winkelhock was 8:26.096.