Audi’s moment of truth as e-Tron goes into track testing


    Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi tests production-based
    Audi RS e-tron GT

    TRACK testing. Two words that strike fear in the hearts of car designers and engineers.

    Nothing on the drawing board usually comes out 100 percent right when on the track but on this particular day Audi designers and e-tron GT developers, Dennis Schmitz from Audi, Jaan-Mattes Reiling from Audi Sport GmbH and Christian Schröder from development partner PSW, an Audi subsidiary were particularly confident.

    “For us at Audi Sport, the production-based Audi RS e-tron GT is the first step into the fully electric RS world. With it, we’re also delivering on our promise of launching future RS models soon after the base models. This is high-performance in the team and in the product,” Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH said.

    Onto Neuburg an der Donau on a the late-summer day with Formula E driver and champion of the 2016/17 season Lucas di Grassi who now has the opportunity to drive the fully electric Gran Turismo as an RS model on the test track. For Schmitz, Reiling and Schröder, it marks the moment of truth: in the driver’s judgment, will the production-based RS e-tron GT achieve the objectives they pursued?

    Audi RS e-tron GT prototype
    di Grassi
    Lucas di Grassi is a pro all the way – both at the wheel and off the race track. The native Brazilian, now living in Monaco, has been driving for Audi since 2012.

    In 2014, he won the inaugural race of the then newly launched Formula E, followed three years later by the title win with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. On 32 occasions, di Grassi stood on the podium for Audi in the past six years, which makes him the most successful driver in the electric racing series.

    The e-tron is Audi’s realization of a production car with a fully electric sports car heart.

    It’s more powerful performance distinguishes the RS e-tron GT prototype. It is a superior Gran Turismo, with exceptional road performance in the RS version. The RS e-tron GT prototype is an example of the brand’s premium mobility and meets customers’ demands for high performance. Its dynamics, precision and high efficiency make it a pioneer with a strong character that shapes the future of the brand.


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