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Audi e-tron goes rallying

2010-07-08 14:51
Audi’s e-tron will contest a 167.5-km route through the Austrian state of Vorarlberg as part of the Silvretta E-Auto Rally Montafon.

The electric sports car, which uses four motors to power its R8-clad body, is good for 230 kW and a stomping 4 500 Nm of torque. A proper sports car, it should accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and has, according to Audi, a platform designed to deal with the strain of a 200 km/h top end.

Its water-cooled, lithium-ion battery is located behind the occupants’ seats to lend the car a near-ideal 42:58 weight distribution ratio.

The e-tron  already enjoyed its race debut at the Le Man vers le future as part of the June 24-hour endurance event.

“We already received very good feedback on the Audi R8 e-tron in Le Mans,” said Michael Dick, member of the Board of Management of Audi AG for Technical Development, who will also be joining factory driver Lukas Luhr in the cabin for the event.

“In Montafon, the e-tron will put its potential to the test in ten different mountain, valley and timed special stages. This is a good opportunity to showcase Audi's integrated approach and to experience the fascination of electromobility in a sports car on the road.”

The e-tron will be in action from July 8 to July 10 in E-Tron Rally run in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg.

The electric rally runs alongside the traditional Silvretta Classic event in which a rare Audi Sport Quattro model – one of 15 “Malachite Green” cars produced between 1983 and 1985 – will be contesting. Driven by head of Audi Tradition Thomas Head, this Quattro had long been the most expensive Audi ever built.

The e-tron is Audi’s first purely electric model and will be built by Quattro Gmbh at the the company’s Neckarsulm facility. A small production series of the e-tron will be released late in 2012.

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