Audi e-tron at 24 Hours of Le Mans – Yes. An Electric Vehicle opens the 24-hour race

This is one electric vehicle I can’t wait to test drive!

 During the Ls Mas vers le futur, racing legend Frank Biela drove the purely electric powered high-performance sports car. A demonstration run for the electric vehicle, giving Audi fans at the 24 Hours of Le Mans a peek at the fascinating future sporty electric cars.

This car has but four electric motors – which are an excellent approach to making an electric vehicle HUM!! each on the front and rear axles – power the wheels of the Audi e-tron, making the test vehicle a true quattro. We are talking 313 hp and 3,319 lb-ft of torque.  This electric vehicle two-seat Audi goes from 0 to 62.14 mph in 4.8 seconds.

The test vehicle wrapped in the skin of an R8 demonstrates that the Audi e-tron belongs in the major leagues of electric sports cars. The package does justice to all of the specific realities of an electric vehicle: The battery is located directly behind the passenger cabin for an optimal center of gravity and axle load distribution.

The sporty proportions offer enough room in front of the rear axle for the battery unit and the power electronics.

Source: Audi of America

The chassis has triangular double wishbones at the front axle and a trapezoidal-link rear suspension made of forged aluminum components – a geometry that has proven in motorsports to be the optimal prerequisite for high agility, uncompromising precision and precisely defined self-steering behavior. A taut setup was chosen for the springs and shock absorbers, but still offers a high level of comfort.

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