• Audi R8 e-tron becomes fastest electric vehicle around the Nurburgring

Even though the Audi R8 e-tron hasn’t officially been launched yet, it is already a world record breaker. With a lap time of 8:09.099 minutes, the R8 e-tron has just become the fastest production vehicle with an electric drive system around the Nurburgring. The car was driven to success by racing driver Markus Winkelhock.

The R8 e-tron is powered by electric motors that deliver an output of 375 HP and a peak torque of 604 lbs-ft. The electric car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 124 mph (electronically limited). To achieve the record-setting lap, the electronic speed limiter was removed so that the top speed could go up to 155 mph.

"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."

The Audi R8 e-tron will grace the market with its presence by the end of 2012.


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  (683) posted on 07.16.2012

It’s electric so we don’t expect it to be faster than fueled engines, but it’s surprising that it set a record at Nurburging.

  (394) posted on 07.12.2012

It didn’t beat the record of its petrol-powered model, but it set an EV record.

  (797) posted on 07.11.2012

Are they happy and contented with that achievement?

  (630) posted on 07.10.2012

They set a new world record. I would like to congratulate them for their big achievement.

  (553) posted on 07.10.2012

It’s great to have come up and record a new world record for being the fastest electric vehicle.

  (474) posted on 07.8.2012

It’s a new world record. That electrically operated car will be the most awaited vehicle powered by an electric drive system.

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