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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The biggest challenge for the Audi team came on the second day’s racing in the famous Silvretta mountain and valley time trials. In the fourth time trial, the Audi R8 e-tron had to drive up the Silvretta High Alpine Road and handle an altitude difference of 1,000 meters (3,280.84 ft) over the mountain road’s 15 kilometers (9.32 miles). Audi works driver Lucas Luhr nevertheless managed to finish third in the R8 e-tron. The Audi team even managed to advance to second place in the overall standings for the second day. Upon reaching the finishing line in Partenen at the end of the third stage, Development Chief Dick was able to celebrate overall victory for Audi. The Audi drive concept was particularly impressive. Four motors – two on the front and two on the rear axle – drive the wheels of the Audi R8 e-tron, making this experimental vehicle a genuine quattro.
Audi Tradition scoops overall win in the Silvretta with blind co-pilot
A team from Audi Tradition scooped its first ever overall win in the celebrated Silvretta Classic race. No other competitor in the race drove with greater precision than Luciano Viaro in the Audi ur-quattro from 1988. Although the multiple Mille Miglia winner was not thought of as an outsider, the remarkable fact is that his co-pilot is blind. Enrico Mussinelli read the roadbook in braille. Audi Tradition has teamed up with Luciano Viaro to support the Italian-inspired M.I.T.E. project, which has set itself the objective of making classic car racing equally accessible to the visually impaired. Viaro will be driving an Audi ur-quattro with blind co-pilots in a total of five events this year.