Audi shows off electric R8 at Le Mans

Not content with powering its way to a 1-2-3 while less reliable rivals fell by the wayside, Audi also showed off an electric version of its most desirable car at the Le Mans 24 hours race last weekend – the R8 e-tron.

The prototype has appeared in public before, but normally as a static display on a motor show stand. At Le Mans spectators got to see racing legend Frank Biela piloting the electric R8 around the famous French circuit.

As with the petrol versions, the power source sits behind the seats in order to maintain the balance and poise the normal car enjoys. Audi claims the prototype is not lacking in power compared to the V8 or V10 versions either – it is said to offer 308bhp of power and a frankly insane 3,319lb ft of torque.

This is all transmitted to the road via four electric motors that individually power the four wheels, and take the e-tron to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds – the same time as the V8.
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