Yes, it’s not the fastest electric vehicle around the Nurburgring, but the Audi R8 e-tron, which goes on sale later this year, has set the fastest lap time around the famous German race track for a production-destined EV.
Racing driver Markus Winkelhock piloted the high-performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the demanding 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) track in 8:09.099 minutes.
It beats the 9min1sec mark set by Peugeot with its one-off EX1 concept car back in April. A subsequent attempt by Toyota in an electric powered Radical race car called the TMG EV P001 netted a non-production car Nürburgring lap time of 7mins48sec.
Both of the car’s electric motors, one at each axle, generate an output of 230 kW and 820 Nm of torque; more than 4,900 Nm (3,614.05 lb-ft) are distributed to the rear wheels nearly from a standing start.
This is enough for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.6 seconds–still 0.2 of a second slower than the fastest version of the Tesla Model S–and limited top speed of 124 mph.
Note, the version used at the ‘Ring had its speed limit raised to 155 mph.