“Motorsport has been a part of our Audi DNA for many decades,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development. “Audi stands for automotive dynamism more than any other brand. This is especially true of our new high-performance Audi R8. Its concept is extremely close to that of a race car – in its controls and displays too.”
Steering wheels and displays: great similarities
In the new Audi R8 V10 plus, the steering wheel has 20 controls, including four new satellite buttons – and in the LMP1 race car, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro there are as many as 33. In both cars, the driver shifts gears from the steering wheel, and color indicators let the driver know when the engine is nearing its rpm limit. Key driving dynamic parameters can be set via control buttons on the steering wheel. In both the production sports car and the race car, information – such as tire pressure and lap times – appears on a digital display.
Audi R8 e-tron: 340 kW of power
In its latest development stage, the new Audi R8 e-tron, the first all-electric car from Audi, offers fascinating dynamics. Its 340 kW of power enables a 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) sprint time of 3.9 seconds, and its maximum driving range is
450 kilometers (279.6 mi). This high-performance sports car serves as a mobile laboratory for developing new electrical concepts and components at Audi. The R8 e-tron will be produced in the small-scale production facility of quattro GmbH at the Audi Neckarsulm site in the Böllinger Höfe.
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