Our technicians love to repair Audis. And we love saving the environment. But you know what gets our hearts revving like the well-tuned engine of the Audi RS3? Racing at lightning fast speeds. And with 1,180 horsepower (880 kilowatts) under the hood, capable of hitting 124 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour) in less than seven seconds, our money’s on the Audi RS3. Lightning, move over. You’ve got a new contender.
Formula E. Schaeffler, a major sponsor of the Audi Sport ABT Formula E team and the epitomized dream of EV racing is Formula E. Schaeffler, thought it might be a good idea to cram its electric powertrain into an Audi RS3. The retrofitted racing car is known as the Schaeffler 4ePerformance,
We want one.
Racing Against the Greek Gods of Cars
Audi plans to race the car up against two supremely fast super cars — the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
How fast does the Audi R23 compare to such competition? Motor1.com breaks it down:
“The Lamborghini packs a 5.2-liter V10 producing 640 hp (470 kW) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. The 911 GT2 RS sports a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine producing 700 hp (521 kW) and 553 lb-ft (749 Nm) of torque.
“On paper, the electric RS3 is far superior to the Lamborghini and Porsche, besting them 540 hp and 480 hp, respectively, and the power difference is noticeable. Neither can best the Audi. The first race against the Huracan has the Audi getting a sizable lead off the start, continuously putting distance between it and the Italian super car. The race with the Porsche starts much closer, with both staying equal throughout much of the race. However, the Audi pulls away as the finish line approaches, crossing the finish line first by about three car lengths.”
An Exciting Age for Electric Vehicles
The bottom line? Electric vehicles are no longer lightweight go-karts driven by Greenpeace volunteers. Today’s electric technology is more suited for sleek James Bond sports cars that practically pack Greek mythological gods under their hoods. They are lightning fast. And we’d love to repair one. So if you happen to have a Schaeffler 4ePerformance sitting in your garage, bring it in to our Cincinnati shop some time for some Audi repair. Your first oil change is on the house.