Audi’s e-tron project is like Daimler’s E-Cell. They started out with a sportscar prototype and are now expanding it. In Audi’s case, first we had that R8-based e-tron, then the A1 e-tron hatchback, and now as it turns out there’s a Spyder e-tron as well which will debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The car is an evolution of the e-tron system and previews the electric version of the R8 Spyder.
The e-tron Spyder is actually very clever and equally boring to explain! Apparently here’s how it works: the front wheels of the car are driven by the electric motors which provide a range of 50 km on a single charge. But the car also has a 3.0 liter V6 TDI which drives the back wheels. So it’s actually four-wheel-drive when both motors are working and delivering full power.
The body of the car will be a blend of carbon fiber and aluminum while the suspension, steering and brakes come from the regular Audi R8.