According to reports, Audi’s R8 e-tron could make it into dealerships after all – if the battery can be improved upon.
The electric supercar, which recorded a time of 8:09.099 minutes at the Nurburgring, cannot currently achieve the type of range to justify its mass production, but the fleet of ten vehicles were kept in service for testing and development purposes with future road cars, such as the A3 Sportback e-tron, benefitting from its creation.
However, Audi’s Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg recently stated that he liked driving the car, and confirmed that it was merely mothballed until the technology to increase the 200 km/h (124m) range existed, adding: “Maybe in the future if we have some batteries that are better, there could be some real potential…so let’s see, give it some time.”
A 49 KWh lithium-ion battery feeds electric motors generating a total output of 230 kW (308 hp) and 820 Nm of torque, with around 490 Nm transferred to the rear wheels from a near-standing start. At 1,780 kg it’s 220 kg heavier than the R8 V8, but performance is still impressive, with 100 km/h (62 mph) happening in just 4.6 seconds, while top speed is governed to 200 km/h (124 mph).
[Source: Green Car Reports]