Audi announce R8 e-tron

Think an electric car means driving around in a tiny box on wheels at 15mph? Think again..

Audi has announced that it is creating an electric version of its R8 supercar.

The first all electric car by the Audi, the R8 e-tron, is destined to hit our roads in late 2012. This could be the first of many eco friendly racers from the German based company, with Head of Electric Mobility Strategy Franciscus van Meel declaring that they 'want be the leading premium manufacturer of electric vehicles by 2020'.

The company have created the electric version of the supercar said to embody 'Vorsprung durch Technik' using Audi's so called 'Space Frame' aluminium body frame technology,  with the result being electric motor weighing in at a paltry 1,600 kg. No specs have been released yet, but if the car is anything like it's petrol guzzling twin, expect to be able to bomb along the Autobahn at a top speed of 187 mph.

“The R8 e-tron is a very important project for Audi because the competence and experience we glean from it will later flow into the large volume production of electric automobiles.” said van Meel.

The new electric model is part of a €5 billion commitment by Audi in to the development of new products and future technologies such as electric and hybrid cars.

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