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Audi R8 e-tron Nurburgring Record: 8:09

The Audi R8 has managed to set a new world record lap time at the Nurburgring, as it became the fastest ever production electric vehicle there with a time of 8 minutes 9.099 seconds.
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Racing driver Markus Winkelhock piloted the high-performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the demanding 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile), achieving another significant green car milestone for Audi.

“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 is powered by two electric motors that combined offer sportscar performance: 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 4.6 seconds and a top speed that is normally limited to 200 km/h (124.27 mph), though 250 km/h (155.34 mph) was approved for the record-setting lap.

“Of course, the R8 e-tron is a production car, not a racing car with the assistance of aerodynamics,” Winkelhock emphasized. “But with its low center of gravity and rear biased weight distribution, it brings with it a lot of sporty qualities. The torque with which the electric motors propel the car uphill beats everything that I know – even if they make hardly any noise in the process, which at the start was really a completely new experience for me. In places where I really need traction, the torque vectoring – the displacement of the torque between the powered wheels – really helps me.”

 
 
 
 
 

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