German carmaker Audi will substitute its R8 supercar with an all-electric model that can be generally known as the RS e-tron and an asking value of just below €200,000 ($A330,000 at at present’s charges) and can be accessible round 2023-2024.
It’s been recognized for a minimum of a number of months that the fossil gas R8 has an uncertain future, as indicated by Audi CEO Bram Schott on the carmaker’s annual normal assembly in Could.
Now, based on senior sources inside Audi, the writing is now on the wall for the mid-engine R8 which Audi first launched in 2006 and the newest variant of which is a top-of-the line, fossil-fuel devouring V10, 5204CC mannequin that burns as much as 17.1 litres of gas per 100km.
It’s one other step in the direction of electrification and nil emissions know-how for the German carmaker which was embroiled within the 2015 Dieselgate emissions scandal, however the RS e-tron won’t be solely made by Audi, based on the sources who shared the data with UK’s CAR journal.
To keep away from placing further strain on budgetary issues, Audi intends to outsource the electrical powertrain and battery improvement to Croation electrical automobile maker Rimac.
The auto itself can be constructed at Audi’s Bollinger Höfe manufacturing unit close to Heilbronn the place the A6, A7 and A8 are made, nonetheless the German carmaker intends to farm out the availability of the quad-motor powertrain for the RS e-tron, in addition to strong state batteries.
Electrical autos at the moment reply on lithium-ion know-how for his or her energy supply (the identical batteries utilized in laptops and cell phones), nonetheless trade analysts say that strong state battery tech – which might be extra vitality dense and capable of cost quicker that present li-ion tech – might be prepared to be used by the auto trade sooner than you think.
In response to the data leaked to CAR, Audi appears to suppose this might be inside only a few years.
Whereas no official specs and particulars have been launched by the German carmaker, sources from inside Audi have instructed CAR that the RS e-tron could have a 95kWh strong state battery that might ship 480km vary (which might be smaller than present li-ion batteries delivering comparable vary, as a result of increased vitality density properties).
It might even have an all-wheel drive system with one electrical motor for every wheel, with 700kW output in whole, in addition to an aluminium monocoque chassis and wi-fi charging.
It might additionally utilise many components from the Porsche Taycan, which makes use of a platform generally known as J1, and would retain its two-seater standing in addition to its supercar aerodynamics, utilizing “lively aero meeting” to make sure a brilliant low drag coefficient.
Sounds thrilling – though nothing greater than concepts in the intervening time, it’s good to see Audi embracing electrification in any respect ranges of auto improvement.