In order to develop a new model and to explore its limits, many car makers use the Nürburgring to test their models. The famous German circuit has become a benchmark of sports cars around the world.

Just a few weeks ago, Audi has set a world record for electric-drive production vehicles with the all-electric R8 e-tron which rounded the Green Hell in 8:09. But more recently, a small incident happened with the Audi R8 e-tron at the Nürburgring.

The incident occurred at Pflanzgarten, where the driver lost control over the prototype and collided with the barrier. The driver wasn’t harmed, but the Audi suffered some minor damage to the left side and the suspension.

The R8 e-tron is powered by four electric motors ‒ two each at the front and rear axles driving all four wheels ‒ with a total output of 313 horsepower and a whopping torque of 4,500Nm(!). The two-seater accelerates from zero to 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in just 4.6 seconds. Its top speed will be limited to 200 km/h (124 mph). Most likely the production version of the Audi R8 e-tron will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show this September.

[Via Auto, Motor und Sport]

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