German automaker Audi recently announced a new model in its line of electric cars. The F12 e Sport is its newest electric model, maintaining the ‘supercar’ looks of some earlier models while implementing a “more practical application of the electric drivetrain that can be used in everything from crossovers to city-cars,” as Chris DeMorro of Gas2 writes.
The Audi F12 e Sport is being built with the same chassis as the Audi R8 e-tron supercar, so they may look alike, but their internal builds are quite different — primarily because of the new battery pack and electric drivetrain, jointly developed by Audi, Bosch, and university researchers. More from Chris:
“The lithium-ion battery pack delivers 38 kWh of power, a little less than the Audi R8 e-tron, sending power to three electric motors. At low speeds, the electric motor at the front wheels drives the Audi F12 e Sport in a manner that saves energy. At higher speeds, two rear-mounted electric motors propel the car in conjunction with the front motor. The combined power output of this electric motor trio is a respectable 204 horsepower and 405 ft-lbs of torque.”
There’s a heat pump present to keep the battery cool, though the batteries are also designed to be able to store heat, allowing the engine an easier warm up on colder days. The new model also makes use of a removable tablet computer as the control panel.
“This more practical approach to electric vehicles may help put Audi on top of the European EV game. But for my money, the Audi R8 e-tron and Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive need to duke it out for electric dominance before I’ll be happy.”
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