Audi R8 E-tron Sets Lap Record For Electric Cars At The Nurburgring

I've always considered electric cars to be a bit on the nose: expensive machines with limited range and poor performance. This cannot be said of Audi's R8 E-tron edition though, which has just set the lap record at the infamous Nurburgring racetrack for an all-electric car.

The R8 is Audi's flagship sports car and it's one of the most elegant things getting about on four wheels right now. When making the electric variant that has now been minted as the e-tron, Audi wanted to make a "no-compromise" electric-powered racer, and it seems that it has.

The car has racked up a lap record for all-electric drive cars at the Nurburgring, completing the 20.8km track in just over 8 minutes and 9 seconds.

According to Audi, the speed restriction at the Nurburgring (normally 200km/h) were removed so that the R8 e-tron could gallop at its top speed of up to 250km/h. That's one fast lightbulb.

The record for a traditionally-powered car around the Nurburgring was achieved by the fantastic little scamp, known as the Gumpert Apollo, which bested the track in just over 7 minutes and 11 seconds.

This car really is proving it's might in the electric sports car world: first it won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race, and now a lap record at the Nurburgring. Is electric motoring still on the nose?

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    Only 250 km on that track and it beat it...that's nuts. If it had a higher top speed it'd give the Apollo a good run

    I so want. Any liquid fuel performance car needs high cost servicing every few thousand km. I reckon this would not need anywhere near as much attention per km.

    It was the R18 diesel/electric hybrid, not the R8 electric that won at Le Mans. There's also a rogue apostrophe in the same paragraph.

    1 minute approx slower round the fabled ring, but decades behind on development compared to petrol/diesel based cars. This lap record and the Le Mans win are putting a stamp on electric/hybrid racing .

    I find it amazing at how fast new electric car technology is getting lighter, faster, cheaper and getting better mileage. I give that record 5 years before it is smashed by a competitor probably BMW or Tesla.

    Electric car is 1 minute (approx.) slower round the fabled ring, but decades behind on development compared to petrol/diesel based eqivilants. This lap record and the Le Mans win are putting a stamp on electric/hybrid racing .

    I find it amazing at how fast new electric car technology is getting lighter, faster, cheaper and achieving greater mileage. I give that record 5 years before it is smashed by a competitor probably BMW or Tesla.

    2012 Record 8:09
    2017 Prediction 7:22

      This is exactly my point on a lot of emerging tech, including sustainable energy: sure it's more expensive and a bit exotic now, but it's a young tech that's approaching the performance of technologies which have more or less already hit their ceilings.

      The next 50 years is going to be a very exciting tiem.

    apologies on the double post Chrome is doing strange things

    I think the heading should be amended to electric PRODUCTION vehicle : http://www.worldcarfans.com/111083036143/toyota-zaps-nrburgring-lap-record-for-electric-vehicles

    Just wait until the new wave of ultralight composite vehicles arrives (BMW, Toyota and many others have been investing heavily in cheap, thermoplastic carbon-fibre mass-production). Knocking a few hundred kilos of steel off the weight will turn these cars into little rockets.

    Then there's Lithium-Air batteries - 10x the power-to-weight ratio of Li-Ion will finally put electric vehicles firmly in the mainstream. Combined with electric's big advantages of a simplified power train and crushing torque, and they'll have little trouble claiming the overall record.

      Oil basically runs the world, not just automobiles. Do you have any idea how many multi-billions of trillions of dollars are invested into the petrochemical industry ? and what kind of damage your "viable alternatives" would have on world peace ? The only way I see it going forward is very, very, slowly, so as not to create too much destruction in its wake. I'm all for taking care of the big blue and green ball but you've got to look at this issue from a real world perspective.

    But... but... teh GTR can never lose!

    Wait until it's ALL electric (aka it's not the driver doing the driving).
    The Ring is going to become one big rollacoaster that moment happens.... belt on, check. Push start and hold on.

    Just remember that one minute means it was over 2km behind. 1 minute on a 8 minute lap is well behind. But still a good effort for an electric car. They have also been doing well at the isle of Mann tt with electric bikes. All we need now is batteries for a bit more endurance.

    The petrochemical industry will never allow the development of a viable alternative to petrol based automobiles, if a viable alternative was found then current stock market shares worth trillions, massive multinational companies etc would collapse over night and be worth nothing. This kind of event could trigger world wars or christ knows what.

    ....basically the planet is wired to a life support sytem and that system is called Oil.

    " I’ve always considered electric cars to be a bit on the nose: expensive machines with limited range and poor performance "
    Exactly my feelings towards the first (XT) computer and mobile phone I owned.
    Look at things now though..

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