Electric vehicles are not known as the best track cars. It’s not that EVs aren’t good performance cars because, as we’ve seen from brands like Tesla, Rimac and others, electric cars can have blistering performance. However, they all have one big issue with track use — heat. All of those electrons furiously whizzing around causes a lot of heat, too much so for the batteries to handle. When the batteries overheat, they drop range dramatically and basically shut down. Except for the Audi e-tron, though.
In a recent review of the Audi e-tron, Autocar spoke with some Audi engineers about this very subject. What they learned was that the e-tron is so good as managing its heat that it was actually able to perform two full laps of the Nuburgring, the longest and most difficult track in the world, without overheating a bit with juice left to go.
Now, admittedly, Audi didn’t reveal the lap times, so we don’t know if the Nurburgring-lapping e-tron was going flat-out or just babying around. However, knowing Zee Germans, it was going rather quickly.
If they were lapping the Audi e-tron hard, that’s a very impressive feat, as most electric vehicles can barely muster one lap of the ‘Ring, due to its length and batteries overheating. The e-tron is capable of doing this because of its impressive thermal management system, which actually uses a heat pump to pump all of the hot air surrounding the battery out. That allows the Audi e-tron to run harder for longer without any loss of range or power and without risking any damage.
In that same Autocar review, we also learned that it’s a blast to drive, even in deep Namibian sand. Hell, the author of that review claimed it to be “a car you dance with, not one you wrestle against”, which is about as high praise as a two-ton, all-wheel drive electric SUV is going to get. So not only is the Audi e-tron capable of lapping the Nurburgring but the driver will have fun doing it.