New record holder at Nurburgring Nordschleife
|   Sunday, August 12, 2012
Markus Winkelhock, a professional race car driver and a Le Mans racing champion just broke all previous recorded lap timings at the Nurburgring Nordschleife track. Markus Winkelhock was driving the new Audi R8 etron hybrid on what is considered to be the most challenging and difficult race track in the world. Never the less the nearly 13 mile track was dominated by the champion driver.

Winkelhock completed the entire track within a record time of 8 minutes and 9 seconds to set a challenging benchmark for sports cars everywhere.
Audi now has a name in history for being the fastest car and the car used to win the fastest time lap record, not to mention with a hybrid engine. This experiment was just to prove how powerful the new Audi R8 really is despite it having an electronic engine instead of the conventional Audi R8 engine; A comparison that truly proved the speed potential of the R8 e-tron.

Despite being all powerful and fast, the R8 has yet to break the track record. The current record belongs to Gumpert Apollo Sport, which again is also powered by an Audi petrol engine and produces nearly 700 PS. Clearly Audi has a thing for speed and power. The Apollo completed the most sophisticated track in the world in 7 mints and 11 seconds. SO in comparison the Audi hybrid engine is not as farfetched than the original petrol engine. It makes you wonder why hybrid engines are not a part of everyday engines if it can really perform almost as good.

The Audi R8 e-tron that was used to complete the test is said to be similar to the one offered to the market and is currently under production. The sports car is said to hit the markets by the end of the year and is expected to make a bang. Much like the R8 family, the Audi R8 e-tron is said to go from 0-60mph in less than 4.2 seconds, producing 820 NM of torque. Even though the standard version of the car is said to have a speed lmit of 124mph, the model used in the track experiment was configured and tuned to go up till 160 mph.

The R8 e-tron has a lithium battery that is comfortably installed between the driver seats and the rear wheel axle. The R8 e-tron is also much more agile and light than the original r8 petrol engine. It only weighs around 1800kgs making it completely swift while drifting. Winkelhock also attempted to break another record with a limited e-tron model. Markus completed the last few laps of his record time with the E-tron without making a single pit stop, emphasizing on the durability and strength of the car.

Even though the R8 is not a race car, it's potential and performance is seriously impressive and make sit quiet entertaining to drive in the streets. This incident is the first of many where a hybrid car had successfully been able to break previous records at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The year has turned out to be quite lucky for Audi as the incident also occurred right after Audi's win in the Le Mans champions.
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