About a month ago, the Audi R8 e-tron all-electric supercar went to the famed German race track the Nurburgring. There they set a new world record for electric cars, although the record comes with an asterisk. Audi has just released a video from that record run, and it is much different from almost every Nurburgring track video out there.
The biggest difference is the sound, or lack thereof. I love me some roaring mechanical engines, and there is no shortage of videos like that. But Audi’s video eliminates all that excess noise and focuses purely on the power, the screeching tires, and the sound of wind rushing by. The Audi R8 e-tron did the 12.9 mile “North Loop” section of track in just 8:09, about a minute faster than the previous record holder, the Peugeot EX1.
It is not unlike Toyota’s own electric Nurburgring record run, though that was in a purpose-built electric race car with zero production intention. The Audi R8 e-tron is supposedly identical to the production car that will launch later on this year, albeit with the speed limiter of 125 mph upped to 155 mph.
I will admit, the Audi video can be a bit…grating at times, but only because I am not yet used to the sound of electric car racing. Give it a few years, and it will seem almost second nature. Electric car racing offers something different from the standard loud and raucous competitions of speed that are so prevalent.
Not that there is anything wrong with the sound of a stump-pulling big-block V8 engine. It’s just that 375 horsepower never sounded so…quiet.