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Published on January 22nd, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Audi Diesel-Electric Hypercar Confirmed

We are on the cusp of a new era of automotive performance, with major automakers embracing a new mindset when it comes to hybrid vehicles. Rumors have been swirling that Audi wants to embrace hybrids with a new diesel-electric hypercar slotted above the Audi R8, and it seems to be all but confirmed for production…eventually.

Audi’s Le Mans-winning diesel race cars have dominated the World Endurance Championship for most of the past decade now. The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro race cars utilize a 3.7 liter V6 turbodiesel engine combined with a KERS-style hybrid system that allows for brief boosts of extra power. The new Audi hypercar, codenamed the R20, would likely utilize a similar system.

The Audi R20 diesel-electric hybrid would look a lot like the R18 e-tron quattro it would be based on, with a narrow canopy-like cockpit, stacked LED lights, and an active aerodynamics system. The Audi R20 would essentially be a road-going version of the championship-winning race car, and would be priced as such.

There seems to be an arms race brewing over hybrid performance cars. Audi has definitely fired a shot across the bow of the Porsche 918 Spyder, another contender in this increasingly competitive category. But what does this mean for Audi’s planned all-electric supercar, the R8 e-tron? Rumor has it this project is still in the works, though production may be scaled down…possibly to make way for the Audi R20 diesel-electric.

The question then is, would you rather have a pure electric supercar, or a diesel-electric hypercar? If it were up to us, we’d take one of each.

Source: Automobile Magazine


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



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