Audi is currently working on a diesel electric supercar which has been codenamed the Scorpion and it will sit above the current R8.
The thing that Audi is developing a diesel electric supercar is no longer a surprise for anyone but until now, nobody knew what the employees are calling it. Audi has chosen the “Scorpion” name, which is being used temporary on the impressive supercar. The Audi Scorpion has been designed to battle Ferraris and Porsches and the model is actually based on the R18 e-tron Quattro, which is the winner at Le Mans.
According to the guys at Car and Driver, the Scorpion’s design hasn’t been finalized just yet but the company already has a few proposals and some of these mimic the looks of the R18. The Audi Scorpion is rumored to get a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, similar to the one used on the R18, but with the necessary modifications for street use. Other lightweight components are expected to be used in order to save weight.
The Audi Scorpion should be powered by a 3.7 liter V6 diesel engine, which is good for 600 BHP (447 kW), helped by an electric motor, which is contributing with another 100 BHP (74 kW), to a total of 700 BHP (552 kW). The diesel engine will power the rear wheels while the electric motor will send power to the front axle, giving the supercar an all-wheel drive. The model is expected to be launched in 2016 or 2017 and to cost just over 1 million USD. Production might be limited to 333 units.
Source: Car and Driver