The Audi RS5 TDI competition concept has established a new lap record for a diesel-powered vehicle at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany. It managed to complete the 3.6 km (2.2 miles) course in as little as 1 minute and 35.35 seconds, thus making it the fastest diesel car to ever lap the track thanks to a powerful bi-turbo TDI V6 3.0-liter engine developing 435 PS (320 kW) and a massive peak torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) thanks to an electrically-driven compressor.
Behind the wheel of the Audi RS5 TDI competition concept during this record-breaking attempt was racecar driver Nicki Thiim and he conducted the test during the Sachsenring Record Day organized by the Auto Bild Sportscars magazine in collaboration with tire manufacturer Michelin. He managed to improve the previous record set back in February this year by 1.87 seconds.
It should be mentioned the Audi RS5 TDI competition concept is based on a technical concept car which was unveiled last summer on the occasion of the TDI engine’s 25th anniversary. The powerful bi-turbodiesel engine allows the vehicle to run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in as little as 4 seconds while the 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) journey takes less than 16 seconds.