The e-tron is a high-performance sports car with a purely electric drive system. Four motors, two at the front and two at the rear axles, drive each wheel individually. This makes the e-tron a true quattro. And those motors put out a combined 230 kW (313 hp) and
4,500 Nm (3,319.03 lb-ft) 501.5 lb-ft of torque. That staggering power and torque figures allow the two-seater e-tron to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 – 62.14 mph) in 4.8 seconds, and from 60 to 120 km/h (37.28 – 74.56 mph) in 4.1 seconds. Power is generated from a lithium-ion battery that provides a truly usable energy content of 42.4 kilowatt hours to enable a range of roughly 248 kilometers, or 154 miles.
The e-tron is not all about brute power however (as fun as that might be). The battery is directly behind the passenger cabin for an optimal center of gravity and axle load distribution. In other words, the e-tron is a handler. Audi says that this means ” … the e-tron belongs in the major leagues of sports cars, and the package takes into account the specific realities of an electric vehicle. ”
And speaking of handling, the e-tron can freely distribute the powerful torque of its four electric motors to the wheels as required. In other words, the electric sports car can use torque vectoring to allow for handling dynamics and an undreamed-of level of agility and precision when cornering. To put it another way, imagine if the outside rear wheel were to come on full force, while the inside rear wheel were to act as a break for a millisecond or two. Get it?
Other high tech goodies include a heat pump that is used to efficiently warm up and heat the interior. The drive system, the power electronics and the battery are all controlled by an innovative thermal management system that is a critical element for achieving the car’s range without compromising its high level of interior comfort. The vehicle electronics are networked with the surroundings, which is referred to as car-to-x communication, opens new dimensions for the optimization of efficiency, safety and convenience
And yes, Audi says they are going to build the e-tron.
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