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Audi senior exec boasts of diesel hybrid supercar performance

December 19th, 2012

2012-audi-r18-e-tron-quattro-lmp1-race-car_100383733_lA few weeks back, news that Audi is planning to launch a supercar that will be positioned about the R8 created some buzz. In addition, the said supercar will have a hybrid powertrain that will utilize a diesel engine in tandem with electric motors. Its setup will be taking inspiration from the R18 e-tron prototype.

The exciting announcement was made by Wolfgang Durheimer. He was the former topman for Bugatti and Bentley and is not the chief of research and development of Audi.

More recently, Franciscus Van Meel, top exec for the performance division of Audi, revealed that if Audi will be building a supercar, it will be totally different from the Audi R8. He assures consumers that it will even surpass the McLaren P1. Of course, we still do not know the specs of the upcoming supercar from McLaren so we cannot take his comment too seriously.

The best thing about this is the confirmation that Audi is considering to make a new supercar. Most likely, the Audi quattro boss will be the man who will be on top of things for the build, if ever it will be given the go.

It might be too early to talk about the supercar’s specs but if it will be able to keep up with the McLaren P1 or other supercars like the replacement for the Ferrari Enzo or the 918 Spyder by Porsche, the Audi supercar should need an engine that at least can produce 700 horses and at least have a torque of 737 lb-ft.

The diesel-electric setup for the hybrid drivetrain of Audi has proven itself on the tracks. It has helped Audi capture its 11th title at the prestigious race in Le Mans. It is pretty evident that the carmaker wants to bring the technology and success to the road.

The setup involves a diesel engine that transfers its power to the rear wheels and two electric motors that each spins the front wheels. The electric motors depend on lithium ion batteries backed up by energy recovered from the brake system. This setup is similar to what you might see on the next gen Acura NSX but with a gasoline engine.

The R8 e-tron may have been dropped but it seems Audi is planning a more substantial product for its fans.