A rat-race to achieve super electric cars, it seems. After the German supreme powers started their quest to build the supercars powered by chemical reaction packed boxes called batteries, Audi also jumped in the line and announced a supercar carrying their brand on the bonnet with the legendary name of R8 identifying the whole car. The electric R8 or the R8 etron was announced and then denounced earlier this year, but now, the good folks at German labs have discovered some new batteries that will blow life into the R8 etron.
The zero-emission two-seater supercar has now received newly developed batteries which has increased the range of the car to almost 400 km from a range of 215 km. The R8 etron will enter the production line in the last quarter of 2014 in limited number.
Hackenberg – the expert behind the models like e-Up, e-Golf and other hybrid models is overseeing the developments of the Audi e-tron models. The Audi R8 e-tron will act like a parent model for the development of many other smaller cars from the Volkswagen stable.
The changes in the production model would include a new lithium battery technology with alternative chemical process resulting in denser energy than before. In the original R8 e-tron, the density was rated at 48.6 kWh. Audi has kept most of the details under wraps for now.
The R8 e-tron would feature the same design language as the second generation R8 – which will make world debut in 2014 with conventional combustion engines. The second generation R8 is based on advanced technology featuring new aluminum and carbon fiber body that saw the weight of the prototypes measuring just 1780 kilos! The R8 also features a conventional engine, which combines with the battery and gives a total output equaling to 233 kW with a thrust of 678 Nm! Earlier, Audi claimed that the R8 etron would do a run from 0 to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds and the car would be limited to 200 km/h limit.
Audi R8 etron did a lap timing in the famous Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 9 seconds, a record for the electric vehicles. Now after scraping the project and then putting life into it, Audi seems pretty keen on getting this vehicle on public roads soon, but in very limited numbers, of course.