Audi RS e-tron GT Sets Benchmark EV Lap Record at Mount Panorama
Audi Sport has claimed another lap record at Mount Panorama as the top-of-the-range Audi RS e-tron GT set a new benchmark lap record for a production electric vehicle with a time of 2:28.15 minutes.
Christopher Mies was behind the wheel as the completely un-modified vehicle shocked fans in complete silence. And while his outright Bathurst lap record of 1:59.29 was never in jeopardy, Mies says the car is blisteringly quick.
“The acceleration is quicker than my GT3 car,” he said after the lap. “I was surprised at just how quick the car is able to punch out of the corners.”
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Twin electric motors deliver up to 475 kW of power and 830 Nm of torque in the Audi RS e-tron GT. Figures that sit right between the J1 platform-shared Taycan Turbo that we drove last year and Taycan Turbo S we sampled at launch. The car is brutally quick, with power sent to all four wheels via Audi’s trick e-quattro system, culminating in a 0-to-100 km/h time of 3.3 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 250km/h.
“We now have the best of both worlds, and this is comprehensive proof at one of the most challenging tracks in the world,” said Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing. “We are very proud that we now hold two records at Mount Panorama – the EV production car record with the RS e-tron GT and the outright record with the R8 LMS GT3.”
“We are so excited to launch this car and to see it on Australian roads,” said Nick Reid, General Manager of Marketing at Audi Australia. “Even more so, to see it go straight from the road and onto a track as iconic as Mount Panorama – it is a great opportunity to demonstrate the sheer
brilliance of this car.”
The Audi RS e-tron GT is available in Australian dealerships now, with pricing from $249,700 AUD before on-road costs.
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