Audi R8 turns into an electric hypercarSeptember 5, 2018
Machines of the third generation will receive a fully electric power unit
Audi will not abandon the successor to the supercar R8, but the concept of the model can radically change. According to the publication of Autocar, the name will get an electric hypercar, which will receive the prefix e-tron to the name. Such a car was produced by the German brand in 2015-2016, but due to low demand it was withdrawn from production.
With the release of the third-generation R8 Audi completely refuses to install the V10 engine in the car and will present the model only with an electric power unit. From the current supercar, it will be different proportions and design, based on the ideas laid down by the conceptual PB18 e-tron.
The latter debuted at the Monterey Car Week, and according to the engineers, it should be a rethought sports prototype LMP1. The concept car was equipped with three electric motors, the total output of which was 500 kilowatts (680 horsepower) and 830 Nm of torque. From the place to the 100 km/h PB18, the e-tron accelerates in two seconds, a little slower than the Leman prototype.
A feature of the Audi PB18 e-tron is a movable monocoque, in which the driver’s seat and dashboard are integrated. On the track, you can set it in the middle, like in a racing sports prototype, and on the usual road – move to the side, making room for the passenger.