Audi R8 e-tron

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time

    Audi has confirmed that its R8 e-tron electric sports car will not be sold to the public, ending speculation that the cars may be offered in a limited run. So far, ten examples have been built in the car’s proposed production specifications but these will be retained for testing purposes. Audi first presented its R8 e-tron as a concept in 2009 and soon after confirmed that a production version would be launched by the end of 2012. Just a few months out from that target date, however, the automaker’s incoming R&D chief Wolfgang Dürheimer put the project on hold. The main...

  • Iron Man Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the Audi R8 e-tron
    Iron Man Tony Stark Drives Audi R8 e-tron In New Ad: Video

    Audi’s R8 e-tron electric supercar may not be dead after all. Earlier this week prototypes of the car were spotted testing in Europe and now an example has even appeared in a television commercial. The commercial is a bit of cross-promotion for Audi and its starring role in the third...

  • Robert Downey Jr., as Tony Stark, drives the Audi R8 e-tron - image: Audi
    Audi Is Back As Tony Stark’s Ride Of Choice In Iron Man 3: Video

    If you’ve seen either of the first two Iron Man movies, you probably lust for Tony Stark’s car collection as much as we do. The fictional billionaire playboy (reportedly patterned after Tesla CEO Elon Musk) has a serious passion for all things fast, but seems to prefer Audi models for...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
    Could The Audi R8 e-tron Be Delayed?

    Audi has consistently stated that its R8 e-tron, an all-electric version of its R8 supercar, would be launched on the market by the end of 2012. With Audi recently setting the Nürburgring lap record for a production EV with a prototype built to production specs, as well as providing details...

  • Audi F12 e Sport prototype
    Audi Completes Development Of F12 e Sport Modular EV System

    Not to be mistaken with the production-destined R8 e-tron electric supercar we’ve been reporting on for the past couple of years, Audi has been testing a unique R8 prototype fitted with what the company describes as a modular electric car platform. The prototype is labeled the F12 e Sport...

  • Digital center stack of Audi R8 e-tron prototype - Image courtesy of Plug-In Cars
    Audi R8 e-tron To Get Model S-Style Digital Center Stack?

    UPDATE: It turns out this is the separate F12 e Sport prototype, which Audi researchers have been using to develop a modular electric car platform. It is not the production R8 e-tron. Audi has already told us about the motorsport-inspired digital rear view mirror it plans to install in its upcoming...

  • Audi's new digital rear-view mirror, which debuts in the 2013 Audi R8 e-tron

    Audi’s latest R18 Le Mans prototype, which this year won the illustrious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, has no rear window. However, anyone piloting the advanced race car still has a clear view of what’s happening out back thanks to new technology installed by Audi engineers: the digital rear-view mirror. Now, like quattro, FSI and ultra lightweight technology before it, the digital rear-view mirror is being transferred from the fast-paced world of racing and into Audi’s production cars. The technology will first appear in the 2013 Audi R8 e-tron due out at the end of...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
    2013 MINI Paceman, Ford Car-To-Car, Audi R8 e-tron: Car News Headlines

    Spies have captured the 2013 MINI Paceman, MINI's new compact Countryman-style coupe, testing at the Nordschleife. Ford is moving forward with its car-to-car communications systems, with a new test regimen underway in Germany. Audi's R8 e-tron set a Nürburgring lap record not long ago, and now...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
    First Video Of Audi R8 e-tron Setting Nürburgring Record

    Back in June Audi set the fastest lap time of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for a produced-based electric car using its upcoming R8 e-tron. The final time for the electric supercar, which was piloted by German race car driver Markus Winkelhock, was a brisk 8:09.099. Today we have a video of the...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron that crashed at the Nürburgring in July 2012
    2013 Audi R8 e-tron Crashes Into Barrier At The Nürburgring

    Just a few weeks after setting a new record for the fastest lap of the Nürburgring in a production-destined electric car, Audi’s R8 e-tron has run into a little trouble while conducting further tests on the arduous German circuit. A prototype for the zero-emission supercar ran off the...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
    Audi R8 e-tron Is The Fastest Production EV Around The ‘Ring

    It may not be the fastest electric car around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, but Audi’s R8 e-tron electric sports car, which goes on sale later this year, has set the fastest lap time around the famous German race track for a production-destined EV. The time set by the R8 e-tron was...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron test mule spy shots
    2013 Audi R8 e-tron Spy Video

    Audi’s first e-tron electric car, the high-performance R8 e-tron, is in the final stages of development ahead of its sales debut towards the end of the year. Here we have an exclusive spy video of a prototype conducting some high-speed runs at Germany’s Nürburgring race track. Audi...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron test mule spy shots

    It looks like Audi is going to meet its stated goal of producing the R8 e-tron--albeit in limited numbers--by 2012. Due later this year as a test fleet of just 1,000 cars, the R8 e-tron is expected to cost about 100,000 euros--or about $131,000 at today's exchange rates. Just yesterday, we brought you the first spy images of the new e-tron, and today, we add the first shots of the car testing on the Nurburgring. The images show what looks more or less like a normal R8, except that it has no tail pipes, the window for what would be the engine bay is opaque, and it wears an e-tron badge on its...

  • Audi e-tron Neckarsulm Development Center
    Inside Look At Audi R8 e-tron Development Center

    Late last year we first told you about a new development and testing center established by Audi exclusively for its electric drive systems near its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. Now we have an inside look at another electric car development center belonging to Audi, this time at a satellite...

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