e-tron on track

Ultimate meeting of electromobility made by Audi: At the “e-tron on track” event, five of the brand’s powerful vehicles¹ for racing and action come together on the track for the first time. Five technical milestones are lined up in front of the development and test center of Audi Sport in Neuburg an der Donau. Each one documents Audi’s rapid and diverse progress on the path to electrified drivetrains.

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¹The mentioned vehicles are not available as production models.

¹The mentioned vehicles are not available as production models.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

The vehicles shown are not available as production models. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

The vehicles shown are not available as production models. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Audi RS e-tron GT, Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, Audi RS Q e-tron, Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi e-tron FE07

The five models from Audi for “e-tron on track”: the R18 e-tron quattro² from the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Audi e-tron FE07⁶ from the seventh season of Formula E, the current Dakar Rally Prototype, the RS Q e-tron⁵, as well as the two show cars in the form of the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo³ and S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron⁴. Three of the five vehicles¹ for racing and action are ready to be driven on the circuit of the Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg. At the wheel: the three Dakar Rally factory drivers, each of whom can choose a car from the exclusive e-tron range: Mattias Ekström, Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz. Also participating in “e-tron on track”, but not on track, is the Audi RS e-tron GT⁷ – the purely electric flagship of Audi Sport GmbH is driving proof of the fascination of electromobility for customers all over the world.

¹ ² ³ ⁴ ⁵ ⁶The five vehicles to the right in the photo are not available as production models.
⁷Audi RS e-tron GT, available as a production model⁸, pictured to the left in the photo: Power consumption (combined*) in kWh/100 km: 22.1–19.8; CO₂ emissions (combined*) in g/km: 0. Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions with ranges depending on the selected equipment of the vehicle. Only consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC are available for the vehicle.
⁸The decal of the vehicle illustrated is currently not available either as standard or optional equipment.
⁵The Audi RS Q e-tron, the third car from the left, combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system based on the TFSI engine and a generator.

¹ ² ³ ⁴ ⁵ ⁶The five vehicles to the right in the photo are not available as production models.
⁷Audi RS e-tron GT, available as a production model⁸, pictured to the left in the photo: Power consumption (combined*) in kWh/100 km: 22.1–19.8; CO₂ emissions (combined*) in g/km: 0. Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions with ranges depending on the selected equipment of the vehicle. Only consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC are available for the vehicle.
⁸The decal of the vehicle illustrated is currently not available either as standard or optional equipment.
⁵The Audi RS Q e-tron, the third car from the left, combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system based on the TFSI engine and a generator.

Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, Audi RS Q e-tron, Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi e-tron FE07

The vehicles shown are not available as production models.

The vehicles shown are not available as production models.

Tom Kristensen, Audi RS e-tron GT, Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, Audi RS Q e-tron, Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron

Introduction with Tom Kristensen

The role of being the host of “e-tron on track” has been bestowed to a living e-tron legend: Tom Kristensen. The personal relationship between the former factory driver and current brand ambassador for the four rings, who was professionally active until the end of 2014, is of course particularly deep with the R18 e-tron quattro². With the all-wheel-drive hybrid sports prototype in the LMP1 category, the Dane won the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship WEC title and took the last of his nine Le Mans victories in the same year. “Mister Le Mans” is the record holder of the mother of all endurance races, which is now 100 years old. “It was the most complex car that I have ever driven,” remembers Tom Kristensen about “his” Audi R18 e-tron quattro². But now, the test track is open in Neuburg for his Audi colleagues Mattias Ekström, Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz.

²The three vehicles to the right in the photo are not available as production models.
Audi RS e-tron GT, available as a production model⁸, pictured to the left in the photo: Power consumption (combined*) in kWh/100 km: 22.1–19.8; CO₂ emissions (combined*) in g/km: 0. Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions with ranges depending on the selected equipment of the vehicle. Only consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC are available for the vehicle.
⁸The decal of the vehicle illustrated is currently not available either as standard or optional equipment.

²The three vehicles to the right in the photo are not available as production models.
Audi RS e-tron GT, available as a production model⁸, pictured to the left in the photo: Power consumption (combined*) in kWh/100 km: 22.1–19.8; CO₂ emissions (combined*) in g/km: 0. Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions with ranges depending on the selected equipment of the vehicle. Only consumption and emission values according to WLTP and not according to NEDC are available for the vehicle.
⁸The decal of the vehicle illustrated is currently not available either as standard or optional equipment.

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The vehicles shown are not available as production models. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

The vehicles shown are not available as production models. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro

Audi R18 e-tron quattro: The vehicle shown here is the former Le Mans vehicle that is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro: The vehicle shown here is the former Le Mans vehicle that is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Stéphane Peterhansel, Tom Kristensen

Stéphane Peterhansel and the Audi R18 e-tron quattro²

For Stéphane Peterhansel, his car for “e-tron on track” is completely logical: “Formula 1, Le Mans and Dakar are monuments of motorsport. That’s why it was clear that I would choose the R18² today.” The initial anxiety in the extremely narrow cockpit quickly disappeared for the Frenchman, who is the record winner of the Dakar Rally. Then the off-road professional, who specializes in dune surfing, skillfully makes his way on the asphalt of the Audi test track. All steering and acceleration inputs are correct. Braking late is not the goal for anyone in Neuburg today. “Everything is incredibly direct and precise, especially the steering,” Stéphane Peterhansel shares his findings. “And the concept shows that the electric drivetrain pays off: you can clearly feel how the hybrid drivetrain provides additional acceleration.” An electric motor-generator unit (MGU) for the front axle and a turbodiesel V6 engine for the rear axle (TDI). With this hybrid concept of the R18 e-tron quattro², Audi began electrifying its drivetrains in motorsport in 2012. In the same year, the brand made history at Le Mans by becoming the first to win the race with a hybrid sports prototype.

²Audi R18 e-tron quattro: The vehicle shown here is the former Le Mans vehicle that is not available as a production model.

²Audi R18 e-tron quattro: The vehicle shown here is the former Le Mans vehicle that is not available as a production model.

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro: The vehicle shown here is the former Le Mans vehicle that is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro: The vehicle shown here is the former Le Mans vehicle that is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro² 2012: first hybrid car to win Le Mans

Type: Diesel hybrid sports prototype

Drivetrain: Hybrid quattro

Electric motor (MGU): On the front axle

Electric motor power: 150 kW (204 HP)

Turbodiesel V6 (TDI): Rear-wheel drive

Power turbodiesel V6: More than 375 kW (510 hp)

²Audi R18 e-tron quattro: The vehicle shown here is the former Le Mans vehicle that is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

²Audi R18 e-tron quattro: The vehicle shown here is the former Le Mans vehicle that is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

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Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: The vehicle shown is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: The vehicle shown is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz and the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo³

Carlos Sainz has known the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo³ from the PlayStation for many years. But only from looking over the shoulder of his son Carlos Sainz junior, the Formula 1 racing driver. For “e-tron on track”, “El Matador” chooses the first derivative ever recreated from a digital car from the virtual world for his test laps. Audi developed the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo³ in just eleven months and introduced the purely electrically powered all-wheel drive vehicle in 2018. As a racing taxi in the FIA Formula E Championship, its aim was to make electromobility tangible for customers in this unique prototype. “It’s a lot of fun,” says Carlos Sainz after his e-experience in the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo³. “After that, you just want to drive an electric four-wheel drive car.” When the Spaniard gets home to Madrid from Neuburg, the two-time world rally champion and three-time winner of the Dakar Rally wants this above all: “To try it out for myself on the PlayStation, to see if the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo³ is the same to drive there.”

³Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: The vehicle shown is intended for professional use on closed circuits only and not available as a production model.

³Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: The vehicle shown is intended for professional use on closed circuits only and not available as a production model.

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Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: The vehicle shown is intended for professional use on closed circuits only and not available as a production model.

Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: The vehicle shown is intended for professional use on closed circuits only and not available as a production model.

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Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

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Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo³: from the digital PlayStation car to the real race taxi

Type: Concept car

Drivetrain: Electric quattro

Electric motors (MGU): three – one on the front axle, two on the rear axle

System output: 600 kW (815 hp)

0–100 km/h: Under 2.5 seconds

Power-to-weight ratio: 1.78 kilograms per horsepower

Design feature: integrated single frame in body color

Visual inspiration: Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO (1989)

³Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: The vehicle shown is intended for professional use on closed circuits only and not available as a production model.

³Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: The vehicle shown is intended for professional use on closed circuits only and not available as a production model.

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Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron: The vehicle shown is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron: The vehicle shown is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Mattias Ekström, Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, Audi RS Q e-tron

Mattias Ekström and the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron⁴

Mattias Ekström could hardly wait for this reunion. The rallycross world champion and two-time DTM champion had previously only been able to try out the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron⁴ on snow and ice. This exclusive show car is therefore the Swede’s first choice in Neuburg. The unique vehicle, which has fully electric four-wheel drive, was a special car that was created by Audi for the Hoonigan Electrikhana stunt driving of the legendary drift artist Ken Block. So, Tom Kristensen, the host of “e-tron on track” for Audi, cheers on his former DTM teammate: “Come on Mattias, get a few flies on the side windows!” Ekström flies away from a standstill. The third of Audi’s Dakar factory drivers takes the tight corners of the test course completely sideways and in complete control. After his “dry run” in the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron⁴, Mattias Ekström is overflowing with driving pleasure: “Can I please keep driving? The power is so extreme that I could have drifted around the entire track. I have never experienced something like that.”

⁴The vehicles shown are not available as production models.

⁴The vehicles shown are not available as production models.

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Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron: The vehicle shown is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron: The vehicle shown is not available as a production model. Professional driver, closed circuit. Do not attempt.

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Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, Audi Sport quattro S1

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Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron⁴: Purpose-built for drift legend Ken Block

Type: Concept car

Drivetrain: Electric quattro

Electric motors (MGU): Two – one on each axle

Electric power distribution: Fully variable between the front and rear axles

System output: 500 kW (680 hp)

0–100 km/h: 3.2 seconds

Top speed: 220 km/h

Visual inspiration: Audi Sport quattro S1 (1987 Pikes Peak Hill Climb)

⁴Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron: The vehicle shown is intended for professional use on closed circuits only and not available as a production model.

⁴Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron: The vehicle shown is intended for professional use on closed circuits only and not available as a production model.

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Tom Kristensen, Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz, Mattias Ekström, Audi RS Q e-tron, Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Stéphane Peterhansel, Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi e-tron FE07
Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, Audi RS Q e-tron, Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi e-tron FE07

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