Great driving report here with the Audi R8 e-tron. A must read!
At the end of the straight I push the car harder into the turn. There’s not a whole lot of room to build up pace and the cost on this one-off prototype is off the charts. I remember Audi e-performance boss Frank van Meel mentioning to me that the car does not yet have any ESP systems either so there’s little intent on my part to perform an experiment in e-hoonage.
The car does feel well-balanced. Its liquid-cooled lithium ion battery and all associated electronics are mounted just aft the passenger compartment. The setup gives the R8 e-tron a 42:58 weight distribution, identical to the R8 V10.
Harder into a turn, the R8 is also more than willing to hold its line. Audi has fine-tuned the power delivery of the motors to mimic a production R8s when it comes proportion, sending 70 percent of the power to the rear in normal conditions. If slip occurs, power delivery can change back and forth in fraction of a second. And, like the Sport Differential equipped in the new S4, the system can also make use of simulated torque vectoring to further hold the cornering line.
There’s a second straight on Audi’s test course so we hammer the throttle again. Audi claims the car is capable of 0-62 mph sprints in 4.8 seconds. We didn’t have any testing equipment to verify this number, but if that is true then the R8 e-tron matches the pace of the R8 4.2.