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Europe: Audi R8 e-tron Sets Record for Electric Cars at the Nürburgring

The Nürburgring track in Germany is world famous and “widely considered one of the most demanding purpose-built racing circuits in the world”. Getting good lap times there requires not only a very talented driver but also a good vehicle, which is exactly what Audi tried to show with its R8 e-tron electric car.

Racing driver Markus Winkelhock piloted the high-performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the demanding 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) track in 8:09.099 minutes. That’s a a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system (note the “production” here — this isn’t necessarily a record for all EVs, and this is stretching things a bit since the R8 e-tron isn’t yet in production, even though Audi assures us that the model that they used is identical).
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