Audi R8 e-tron at Le Mans
Audi's motorsports heritage is unquestionable--from rally to road racing, the four-ringed brand has proved its ability time and again. This time, Audi gets to add a new kind of notch to its belt: a win at the Silvretta EV time-distance rally with the R8 e-tron prototype.
The R8 e-tron took the win at the end of the 104-mile run, but only just, finishing 0.5 seconds ahead of the next fastest vehicle. That 0.5-second margin wasn't on raw speed, however, as time-distance rallies require competitors to hit precise marks rather than simply running as fast as possible.
Nevertheless, it proves the R8 e-tron technology is at least capable of running 100 miles at pace with one stage, the High Alpine Road, requiring 3,280 feet of climbing in just over 9 miles.
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