Audi R8 e-tron quattro

The Audi R8 e-tron is no more, as the company has pulled the plug on its all-electric sports car, Car and Driver reports. The car was introduced in production form at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, based on the second-generation R8.

Shortly after, it made an appearance at the inaugural Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai, serving as a showcase of the company’s autonomous driving technology. Since then, Audi has been silent about its high-profile project.

The R8 e-tron is powered by two electric motors on its rear axle, which produced a total system output of 456 hp and 920 Nm of torque. In its latest form at CES, a 92 kWh lithium-ion battery powered the motors, propelling the car to a top speed of 210 or 250 km/h, with the first 100 km/h arriving in 3.9 seconds.

An on-board DC/AC Combined Charging System allowed for a sub-two hour charge time, while the electric R8 had a claimed range of 450 km on a single charge. An array of sensors supplied information to Audi’s zFAS control unit, which provided it with its autonomous driving capability.

Audi R8 e-tron quattro

Even though development of the R8 e-tron reached such an advance stage, the car never appeared in Audi’s online configurator, and neither was there any sales literature, according to Car and Driver. Those interested were directed to dealers at Audi’s headquarters, where they will be informed of the car’s one million euro (RM4,619,001) price tag. All in all, less than 100 R8 e-trons were built.

The car first began as a concept, which broke cover at Frankfurt in 2009. It later arrived as a variant of the first-generation R8, which was driven on the 24 Hours of Le Mans track by then-R&D chief Michael Dick, before his successor – Wolfgang Durheimer – halted the project. When Durheimer was replaced by Ulrich Hackenberg, the R8 e-tron returned, with Audi deciding to use the second-generation R8 as its base, arriving as the 2015 Geneva show reveal.

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