Marcus Winkelhock, the famous racing driver, recently piloted the 8 e-tron on the challenging Nürburgring Nordschleife race track and set a record by driving the 12.92 mile track in 8:08.099 minutes. This amazing record followed the tailpipes of Audi’s overall wins at the 24 hour races at Le Mans and Nürburgring.
“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 driver was also enthusiastic about his Audi experience in the e-tron, “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.”
The Audi victories are not taken lightly by the company, who strives to be at the forefront of innovative engineering in auto making.