Audi R8 e-tron at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2011
In 2008 the German car manufacturer Audi, started a massive project to create the fastest and most efficient electric sport car. Following the success of Audi R8 it was decided the new electric powered car to be created on this chassis. Few years later we can enjoy (at least on a photo) the Audi R8 e-tron.
This car is really chasing the perfection; every detail was carefully designed in order to combine luxury, comfort and efficiency. Those who have tested this supercar said it delivers an ultimate driving experience.
Why R8 e-tron is so special?
The car has been designed to be powered trough 4 electric motors, each 230KW, enabling a top speed of 155 miles per hour and battery range of around 250 miles. The weight of the car is 1600kilos with 42:58 ratio front-back. The torque rate is 30:70 front-back, giving the usual stability for Audi’s car and the exceptional acceleration of Audi R8.
The battery is placed in the back part of the car and could be recharged for 12 hours with home electricity (220V) or for an hour at a gas station with the special higher voltage electricity. And so far this is the only weak side of the car as makes the long distances problematic.
As you know one of the most typical characteristics of the sport cars is the sound of the engine and here with e-tron there was a problem- the only noise that the engine produce is total silence. Therefore, Audi has designed a special system with loudspeakers-called e-sound- that produces a substitute of the engine sound. And because the car is electric, super modern the sound can’t be some ordinary one. That’s why the German team has designed the car to sounds like a spaceship from the movies. Just write “e-sound” on youtube and watch the video about the creation of this component to have a better idea.
However this is not all. The exterior of the car is just a little bit upgraded in order to provide even more efficient air flow and so to decrease the electricity consumption. However the interior is created from scratch so to fit this supercar. The usual instrument cluster is substitute by a MMI Central display. The general idea of the interior is to provide fuel efficiency but at no cost of comfort. Everything is simple but very stylish!
Audi R8 e-tron is not just an ultimate car that can be driven fast but also provide a very good breaking and safety features. The Audi Space Frame (ASF) is again used to secure the life of the driver and passenger in case of any accident. However such one is not very likely as the car has extreme handling stability and breaking performance that could be compared with this of Lamborghini Aventador.
At last we shall say that if this is not enough for you, there’s a possibility to upgrade the car trough a tuning package of carbon fiber body. This will decrease the total weight from 1600 kilos to just 1300 and so adding 50 extra miles to the range of the car and 13 miles to its top speed limit!