Posted on: Jul 01, 2012
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Audi R8 e-tron Sets the Nurburgring EV Lap Record

The e-tron is a silent supercar with serious speed.
Audi is claiming the Nurburgring lap record for a production EV, as their e-tron just clocked a 'Green Hell'-ish fast time of just over eight minutes. Well, 8:09.099 to be exact. The clip of the accomplishment is in German, so enjoy.

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Some of you may recall Toyota setting a lap time of 7:47 in August of last year on the infamous 12.9-mile German track with their EV P001, however Audi is saying that the e-tron is the champ due to their plans of making the model a production car towards the end of this year. The Audi e-tron shares the R8's looks and styling, however replacing the V8 (or V10, for that matter) is a 617hp and 3614 lb-ft of torque-producing pair of electric motors which send all that juice to the rear wheels. When working together, the e-tron speeds from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and reaches an electronically-limited top speed of 124mph.
For the record run, Audi gave the e-tron some leeway and boosted top speed to 155mph. For comparison's sake, the e-tron's time of 8:09 was only 5 seconds slower than the 4.2-liter V8-engined Audi R8 when it ran the 'Ring. The record-setting e-tron was driven by pro driver Markus Winkelhock.

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