Audi Has Officially Refused Serial Supercar R8 On Batteries
German automaker Audi has put an end to rumors about whether serial production sports Golf buggy R8 e-tron. Will not be. Those 10 instances that you have already created will be used for further tests and will serve as donors technologies for more affordable electric cars.
Manufacturer outlined his vision of the near future lineup of electric vehicles. It focuses on the electric version of the A3, as well as the version of gas as fuel. In addition, mention racing prototype LMP-1, while existing in the conceptual, but it is working, and electric "penny".
But about the star last currently part of the "Iron man" - emotional, but quiet car battery-powered R8 - Audi modestly notes that the machine will be used as a springboard for developing the latest technology and will undoubtedly contribute to the further development of this area within the brand.
The concept of the R8 e-tron debuted in 2009, which at the time was a very loud statement. Soon the company confirmed its intention to launch electric car in series by the end of 2012. However, about a year before the "hour X" the head of the development center Audi Wolfgang Durheimer suspended the project.
The main reason for this was too high cost of batteries for the car. Because Audi did not want to ruin the image of R8 "pensioner" dynamics. But even then, the company hoped that by the time of the alleged launch electric sports car on sale the cost of the batteries will be reduced through mass production - in General, this segment of the market would increase. However, slowly but surely, the project has faded, and now the company has finally decided on his position.
Previously, Audi said that the R8 e-tron promises to be the most expensive among similar, but specific figures are not called. Yes and run the machine on a single charge and 133 miles (approximately 215 km) did not cause much joy from potential buyers.
In his latest specifications R8 e-tron was equipped with only two electric motors that drove the rear wheels. The original concept had four engines and four-wheel drive. Batteries installed allowed the car to give 376 HP power, which was enough for the acceleration up to a hundred for 4.2 and with a maximum of 200 km/h R8 battery managed to set a record lap time at Nürburgring among electric vehicles. Until the time is 8:substances 09.099 but nobody has managed to beat.
Once the serial R8 e-tron to see not destined, it remains to settle for electric A3 Sportback e-tron, which should appear on the market next year.