Silent but deadly fast.

The Audi R8 E-Tron may set the record for a production EV on the Nurbürgring in June, but the video of Marcus Winkelhock won't win any awards for its sound track. During the eight minutes, nine seconds of driving, the car offers hardly any sound.

Gone is the thunder of Audi's V8 or V10 revving through every corner. Instead, it's tire squeals and wind noise. The 375-horsepower electric engines hardly make a sound. But that time is certainly not slow, falling just five seconds short of the R8 with a V8.

Audi promises that this car, which arrives later this year, will be identical to the one that raced on the famed German course. Though, as we pointed out before, it will have its speed limited to 125 mph. It should also have a range of 135 miles.

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      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very very impressive.. I will be sad to hear the sound of internal combustion die... Much like someone must have as the sound of thundering hooves must have. Welcome to the future
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow that car is flying!! That's the kind of performance i wanna see in the future from EVs.
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes me want to stand up and salute.
      Kris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if it had enough juice to get back to the pits
      Guerro
      • 2 Years Ago
      At about 1:00, whoopsie! Nice save.
      Kelly Hatcher
      • 2 Years Ago
      yeah no thanks!
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Impressive, but for the inevitable price premium, just give me the standard V8 car. With a manual. Thanks.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
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          ScottT
          • 2 Years Ago
          I'm not sure it's going to be cheaper than combustion engines anytime soon, battery costs will obviously come down, but it's going to take quite a long while to be cheaper or even equal. Also, while I do think that a 100 mile range would be adequate for 95% of most drivers needs, what about the other 5%? Do you really envision a time where a long distance trip is no longer possible? Also, what about those that live in cities, where few people have garages? How are they supposed to charge their vehicles. I think electrics can provide an interm solution for many people as a second car, but if we are really going to get off of gas, I think we'll need to use hydrogen. You simply need to be able refuel a car (no matter what that fuel is).
          Kris
          • 2 Years Ago
          Don't you think a cheaper, more practical and most certainly more efficient electric A1 would've save more penguins than this PR stunt? I am both hands raised for electric cars, but not electric sports cars. This is just ridiculous. Take a the awesome engine noise out of a sports car and you already killed half of the fun driving a sports car. If the manufacturers actually focus on mass produced electric daily drivers rather than low volume sports cars the world would've be much cleaner and safer place to live.
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      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool, but also "meh". If you want to make an impact on oil consumption/pollution you need to start at the base of the pyramid. If every person in a 4cyl, 4 door, automatic, commuter box were to switch to electric that would have a serious impact. If high end sports cara like the R8 were to go "clean", that would have a pretty tiny impact. I would rather see Audi make an A1/3/4 EV with good range, then we could see some real results. (and keep the roaring V8-12's)
        Brian Hague
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        The only problem with that is who will buy an A1 that costs as much as a A6? I'm a big fan of electrics, but the people who can afford the electric car will want something a little higher end than an A1.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brian Hague
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          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brian Hague
          The same argument can be made about the R8. The Etron is goin to cost more than a V10 and be slower so why would anyone bother? I like to think that human logic would tell people that the electric is a better choice for society even if it costs more, but maybe some $5+/gallon gas would help too...
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad the driver didn't fart. You might've heard it over the non-existant engine noise.
      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Gone is the thunder of Audi's V8 or V10 revving through every corner." That is the sound of progress... which is just audible over the sound of my sobs.
      gork
      • 2 Years Ago
      Automakers finally realizing that electric cars can go fast, and that the super car is not dead. What took you blokes so long?
      Kip
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Though, as we pointed out before, it will have its speed limited to 125 mph. It should also have a range of 135 miles." ...just not at the same time. I'm digging the progress of EVs, but am curious how much of the battery was drained in the 8:09 and 14 miles.
        Val
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kip
        Are you also curious houm much fuel does the regular R8, or any other gas car, burns during its lap?
        Kronos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kip
        As a side note, track driving should impact an EV's range somewhat less than it does an ICE car's range. ICE efficiency goes down rapidly with RPM. High RPM will hit EV efficiency too, but to a lesser degree. Either way, I'm sure the etron was heavily depleted after that run.
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