Audi e-tron Spyder Showcased at Le Mans

Audi used diesel power to conquer this year’s edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but the company also used the opportunity to showcase one of its visions on the future of personal transportation, bringing the e-tron Spyder to the event.

The plug-in hybrid drive concept was presented as part of the “Le Mans vers le futur,” an event that was created in order to allow carmakers to present their innovative drivetrain technologies.

We’ll remind you that the e-tron Spyder uses three propulsion units: two asynchronous electric motors that send their power to the road via the front wheels, offering a combined output of 64 kW (87 hp) and a torque of 352 Nm (259.62 lb-ft), as well as a twin-turbo 3.0 TDI unit that is mounted longitudinally in front of the rear axle. The diesel engine delivers 300 hp and 479.42 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque, sending its power to the rear axle via a seven-speed S tronic double clutch gearbox.

The three units car work together or separately, depending on the driver’s demands. The system has a maximum output of 388 hp and over 663.81 lb-ft of torque (900 Nm), allowing the concept to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and offering it an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The system returns an average fuel consumption of 107 mpg (2.2 liters per 100 km) and emits 59 grams of CO2 per km. Using the all-electric mode, the vehicle has a top speed of 37 mph (60 km/h) and offers a range of 31 miles (50 km).

In addition to that, Audi also brought the Q5 hybrid quattro to “Le Mans vers le futur,” with the vehicle scheduled to go on sale by the end of the current year.
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