Audi has entered the newR8 E-tron in the Silvretta E-Auto Rally Montafon 2010. The electric R8 will be driven along the 104 route through the Austrian state of Vorarlberg by Michael Dick, member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development, and factory driver Lukas Luhr.

"We already received very good feedback on the Audi R8 e-tron in Le Mans," says Michael Dick, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development. "In Montafon, the e-tron will put its potential to the test in ten different mountain, valley and timed special stages. This is a good opportunity to showcase Audi’s integrated approach and to experience the fascination of electromobility in a sports car on the road."

The Audi R8 E-tron is powered by four motors – two each on the front and rear axles, that delivers a total of 313 HP and 4,500 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 124.27 mph.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Audi has entered an e-tron technology platform wrapped in the skin of an R8 in the Silvretta E-Auto Rally Montafon 2010. Michael Dick, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development, and factory driver Lukas Luhr will pilot the electric sports car along the 167.5 kilometer (104.08 miles) route through the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. After debuting with a demonstration run at “Le Mans vers le futur” as part of the 24-hour race, the Audi R8 e-tron will now be competing in three stages.

“We already received very good feedback on the Audi R8 e-tron in Le Mans,” says Michael Dick, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development. “In Montafon, the e-tron will put its potential to the test in ten different mountain, valley and timed special stages. This is a good opportunity to showcase Audi’s integrated approach and to experience the fascination of electromobility in a sports car on the road.”

Four motors – two each on the front and rear axles – power the wheels of the Audi R8 e-tron, making this test vehicle a true quattro. With 230 kW (313 hp) and 4,500 Nm (3,319.03 lb-ft) of torque, the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.8 seconds. The technology platform is designed for a top speed of 200 kilometer per hour (124.27 mph).

The technology platform vehicle wrapped in the skin of an R8 demonstrates that the Audi e-tron belongs in the major leagues of electric sports cars. The package does justice to all of the specific realities of an electric vehicle: The water-cooled, lithium-ion battery is located directly behind the passenger cabin for an optimal center of gravity and axial load distribution.

With the R8 e-tron technology platform, Audi is providing an insight into the development work. The requirement specification for the production concept goes far beyond battery technology and the replacement of a combustion engine with an electric drive system. The interaction of all components has a decisive influence on efficiency, range and practicality.

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8 comments:

  (273) posted on 06.2.2011

Is the 300+ hp doesn’t sound good? Well, this figure performance is somewhat similar with the SUV cars. And I will tell you that an aftermarket version have the only great tuner can boost a car!

  (474) posted on 06.2.2011

Wow! I like the matted color for this car although I don’t like the engine used here. Heck! electric cars are unreliable! 313 hp doesn’t sound so tempting for me!

  (410) posted on 05.4.2011

I think this Audi looks so unique and gorgeous. I only dislike its ’recharging’ feature. I don’t think its practical.I understand that everybody is looking forward on the development happened on Audi R8. Let us see if how other people will react on this one.

  (1333) posted on 07.15.2010

That’s too bad, I was really interested in the recharging rules involved in this, electric motor performance isn’t anything amazing, it’s the battery storage/weight that will shake these races.

  (666) posted on 07.14.2010

I agree, most of the board members are Impressed with the performance shown by the AUdi R8. I hope they will be a big success of the audi.

  (939) posted on 07.12.2010

I wonder what you see when you look through the rear window where the gas engine was ? I hope they made the electric motor look presentable.

  (807) posted on 07.11.2010

I wonder what you see when you look through the rear window where the gas engine was ? I hope they made the electric motor look presentable.

Uncia  (868) posted on 07.9.2010

Where is the necessity for multiple motors? None of these two or four motor electric prototypes can accelerate nearly as fast as the Tesla Roadster, which has only one (and less powerful) motor and hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Having multiple motors is a terrible idea: they use more electricity and therefore decrease cruising range capability, they add weight to the car, which slows it in corners, and they make the car slower by not producing enough power to compensate for the added weight... not to mention the fact that 4X the motors means 4X the maintenance.

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