Next Generation Audi R8 May Be HybridFebruary 12, 2020
The third generation R8 seems likely and possibly with a hybrid V10.
Audi Sport plans to double its sales by 2023. Most of this growth will be driven by new markets; for example, the new RS6 Avant will be sold in the USA for the first time. But what is the electrification plan?
“There is no decision regarding the next generation R8 technology and platform yet. But with the next generation, we must comply with all the rules around the world. This means that it will be an electrified car. But the current model is the base model for our customers’ races, and we must meet this demand in the future. ”
Most importantly, the third-generation Audi R8 will go on sale. But still, the current R8 is not implemented, as is the first-generation model. There are more competitors in the market, the cost is higher. Sales are annually in the region of 1200 cars in Europe. A small number of cars sold made a greater emphasis on the R8 GT3 and GT4 racing models, which use more than 50% of spare parts and participated in more than 700 races in 2019. Hoffmann suggests that the new R8 will have to fulfill this commitment to racing. Which, most likely, means a hybrid, not a fully electric version.
“We work closely with motorsport guys in battery technology, power electronics, and so on. So for us this is a good chance to get experience from our sports guys, and we bring it to the cars of our series. ”
The current R8 has things in common with the Lamborghini Huracan, which, in order to maintain its USP in the market, will strive to avoid reducing the V10 to a Turbo V8, as you’ll find in Ferrari or McLaren. Thus, the R8 and Huracan can save the V10 and just add electric.
It is interesting to know that the R8 is built on the same line in Neckarsulm as the upcoming e-tron GT. It is assumed that this is based on the 800-horsepower Porsche Taycan platform, making the V10 R8 hybrid a sensation of a short-term solution. In the future, perhaps something in the form of the Audi PB18 e-tron, shown at Pebble Beach in 2018, may show the way forward for the R8.
“Our customers are in high demand for more and more power. And electrification is the foundation of our future. In terms of compliance with all the rules around the world, but also to increase power. Thus, thanks to electrification, we have a chance to increase the power of the entire system. I remember several years ago that everyone talked about reducing and reducing weight, and we don’t need it, there is still a high demand for electricity from our customers. And we have a chance to fulfill this requirement with electrification on the platform. ”
But what about weight? “This is a challenge for the next generation of RS models. We will electrify our portfolio. And weight management is the main problem when we design hybrid cars. ”
What about the sound? “We are working hard to create a special electric sound. Thus, one way to do this is to have the same noise as during combustion. So it’s a synthetic sound. But this is not the right answer. And I think that in the future, in my opinion, you will have a special sound for electric vehicles, and we will see the difference in brands. Special signature sounds for electric vehicles. ”
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