No revving engine. No cracking exhaust noise. No flames. Just tire noise and displaced wind. This is what you get when you watch the electric Audi R8 E-Tron lap the Nürburgring. It’s a silent ghost that haunts the Green Hell.
Here's how big Tesla Motors has become in the past year: every established luxury automaker seems to be pushing out an electric or high-concept hybrid that inevitably gets described as a "Tesla Fighter." Audi's going to do it with an all-electric 2016 R8 e-tron. For real this time.
Whether he's blowing stuff up as Iron Man or whipping his race car around Monaco, Tony Stark is nobody's bitch. And of course, he has excellent taste in automobiles.
The latest trailer for Iron Man 3 dropped yesterday, and I had two major takeaways from it: First, the movie looks like it's going to be insanely awesome. Second, Tony Stark has apparently ended his dalliance with Acura and gone back to his first love, Audi.
It's official. The record has been set. Audi's 375-hp electric car — the Audi R8 e-tron — is the fastest "series production electric car" to lap the Nürburgring. Markus Winkelhock piloted the car around the 'Ring in 8:09.099.
The Audi e-Tron strikes a familiar form with an R8 body. But the similarities end there. With nearly 3,320 lb-ft of torque pushed out through four electric motors, the e-tron's an electrifying new step for the multi-ringed automaker.