In late January, Audi despatched its first absolutely electric-powered SUV onto the slopes the place the world’s finest ski racers battle for victory within the Hahnenkamm Race. The specifically outfitted Audi e-tron climbed the “Mausefalle” on the legendary “Streif”. With an 85 p.c gradient, it’s the steepest part of the spectacular downhill course.
With an 85 p.c gradient, the “Mausefalle” is the steepest part of the well-known “Streif” downhill course in Kitzbühel. To climb this passage, the Audi e-tron expertise demonstrator was outfitted with the triple motor powertrain initially proven when the e-tron SUV idea made it is debut in 2015.
With two electrical motors on the rear axle and one electrical motor on the entrance axle, (the manufacturing e-tron has just one motor per axle) the expertise demonstrator achieved a complete enhance output of as much as 370 kW and wheel torque of 8,920 Nm (6,579.1 lb-ft). This ensured full efficiency on the steep gradient. Audi additionally modified the software program with respect to drive torque and torque distribution for the particular circumstances on the “Streif”. 19-inch wheels with spikes developed particularly for this driving occasion offered the required grip on snow and ice.
“Conquering an 85 p.c gradient sounds inconceivable at first,” says Mattias Ekström, who was behind the wheel of the Audi e-tron expertise demonstrator. “Even I used to be impressed with the way in which this automobile handles such troublesome terrain,” provides the World Rallycross champion and two-time DTM champion. He considers this occasion to be one in every of his most extraordinary experiences.
For the best potential security, the Audi e-tron expertise demonstrator was outfitted with a roll cage and a racing seat with a six-point harness. The automobile itself was outfitted with a belay, by which a security cable was run. There was no pulling gadget.
Audi had a powerful accomplice at its aspect for this undertaking: the Austrian beverage producer Crimson Bull. The 2 corporations are long-standing companions of the Hahnenkamm Race and carried out this occasion collectively. The Audi e-tron expertise demonstrator additionally illustrated this collaboration with a particular set of decals.