Audi and the R8 are no strangers to the Nurburgring, but the automaker recently tried something different and put its all-electric R8 e-tron prototype on the ‘Ring. After some testing, Audi clocked an 8:09 around the 12.92-mile track, setting a world record for the fastest all-electric Nordschleife lap.
The Audi R8 e-tron is powered by two electric motors, which produce up to 376 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. Those motors, in turn, are powered by a t-shaped 49 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that lives in the R8's standard transmission tunnel and just in front of the rear axle. The whole package weighs 3924 pounds and has an estimated range of 134 miles. Top speed in production specification is 125 mph, although Audi engineers specifically raised the Vmax to 155 mph for Nurburgring testing.
With about 50 hp lessthan the Audi R8 4.2 FSI, the R8 e-tron was probably going to finish the nearly 13-mile German track behind the gasoline car, and it did, but only barely. At a final, verified time of 8:09.099, the e-tron finished its run of the Green Hell about four seconds behind the R8 4.2's ring time of 8:05, which was achieved in 2007 at the hands of Sport Auto magazine in Germany. At 8:09, Audi also captured the world record for the fastest EV lap of the NurburgringNordschleife. Audi also ran a production-spec car (with a top speed of 125 mph) around the track afterward, scoring an 8:26.096.
It's been a good year for Audi and the Nurburgring, then: the Audi R8 LMS Ultra sports car finished first in its class at this May's 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race, and the record for the fastest street-legal production car to lap the track is held by a Gumpert Apollo Sport, which is powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 engine made by…Audi.