Audi Sport is currently one of the leading manufacturers in Formula E, the all-electric offshoot of the FIA. One of its partners in Formula E is Schaeffler, who decided it wanted to flex its electric muscles and technical know-how, so it created a monster. By stuffing its electric powertrain, developed with knowledge from Formula E, into an Audi RS3 Sedan, Schaeffler created something seriously insane.
The Schaeffler-made, all-electric Audi RS3 racecar makes an astonishing 1,180 hp. That’s Bugatti-levels of power in a car that’s only marginally larger than most shoes. So it’s very, very fast. According to Schaeffler, it can nail 124 mph in under seven seconds. That’s Bugatti Chiron speed.
So what happens when this electrified Audi RS3 Sedan takes on some genuine supercars? An embarrassment for internal combustion, that’s what happens.
Up against the electric RS3 are the Audi R8 V10 Spyder, Lamborghini Huracan and Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Admittedly, none of those cars have anywhere near the power of the RS3, with the most powerful of the bunch being the GT2, which makes 700 hp. While that’s a massive amount of power, it’s downright puny compared to the electric RS3’s 1,180 ponies. So while not exactly fair, it’s still fun to watch an Audi RS3 that sounds like an electric toothbrush kick some serious supercar ass.
First up is the Audi R8 and, honestly, it doesn’t even seem fair. The EV RS3 fires off the line like it’s been launched off the deck of an aircraft carrier. Just instantaneous forward thrust so ferocious it seems uncomfortable. Instantly, the R8 is in its rearview mirror and it never relents, passing the finish line with ease.
Next up comes the Lamborghini Huracan. The Huracan is a viciously fast car, capable of 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. However, the electric Audi RS3 still lunches it off the line and continues to pull away at a surprising pace. It’s not as much of a demolition as the R8 but it’s still a pretty harsh beating.
Lastly, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the most brutal and capable track car Porsche has ever made, takes on the RS3. This is the closest race of the trio, with the Porsche actually taking a quick leap on the RS3, which is surprising, considering the RS3’s instantaneous electric torque. However, the 911’s launch is simply brutal and is able to get the jump on the electric Audi. Still, the RS3 pulls ahead and takes the win.
While it’s no surprise that the car with almost double the power of some of the cars in this test won, it’s interesting to see the benefits of electric power. It’s easy to fit an incredibly small car with tons of electric power because electric motors are far more compact than engines and require far less mechanical components. No transmissions, no differentials, no oil coolers, none of that. So you can take a car as small as the Audi RS3 and make it capable of decimating some of the fastest supercars on the planet.