Electric Audi RS3 Drag Races Modern Supercars, Humiliation Ensues

Earlier this year, we were treated to one very powerful Audi RS3 Sedan study, with an electric powertrain and a custom body kit.

Named the Schaeffler 4ePerformance Concept, it’s the work of Schaeffler, an automotive supplier that sponsors the Audi Sport ABT Formula E team.

It uses in-wheel electric motors on all four corners, which provide this heavily modified RS3 Sedan with a staggering, and instantly available, 1,180 HP (1,200 PS). Driving the electric motors is a 63 kWh battery.

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Under full throttle, the Schaeffler 4ePerformance Concept goes from 0 to 200 km/h (0-124 mph) in under 7 seconds. By comparison, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante needs 8.9 seconds,whereas the latest Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a bit quicker than its Italian rival.

We haven’t chosen these names by chance, because the electric Audi RS3 met both of them on the track for a straight line fight. Keep in mind that the car on which the 4ePerformance Concept is based has three extra seats at the back, in stock form, and a practical boot behind them.

Now, before trying its luck against the two former Nurburgring record holders, the Huracan Performante and 911 GT2 RS, Schaeffler’s 4ePerformance Concept stretched its legs against an Audi R8. Needless to say that Audi’s supercar posed no threat to the electric concept.


  • Big Black Duck

    EVs are the future.. and I think we will be better for it…because now engineerng resources can be focused on other aspects of driving dynamics…like steering, suspension, tires, connectivity and material technologies…

    • Matt

      Engineering resources are already focussed on those areas. Are you saying all the redundant powertrain engineers are going to go and design new steering systems once EV is mainstream?

      • Big Black Duck

        yes… they are humans aren’t they? they are very adaptable and will bring new insights into other areas of engineering technology…I will never count out engineers…they are adaptable people…

    • S3XY

      EV’s are the present.

    • I can agree that EV is the future. But since most of today’s EV are still running on battery, I won’t be embracing them.

      • I assume that once solar panel powered EV’s are in the market you’ll be switching right over? Or are you referring to gasoline-powered generators?

        • Nope, I’ll wait for hydrogen to go mainstream. Only then, I’ll switch.

          • See you in the Wasteland, smooth skin 😉

      • Philip George

        I’ll be honest with you, I don’t think they’re waiting for your embrace.

  • Well electric car = Instant torque, why I’m not surprised.

  • Astonman

    These EV’s are the great equalizer. It makes chumps out of these supercars. The magic is going to be gone because when a Model 3 is doing 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, it shames most cars out there. As costs comes down, everyone will have a rocket ship so the uniqueness of having something that goes super fast is not so unique anymore.

    • Matt

      Very true. However in this test the Audi is effectively the ‘F1’ of EV’s, with more power than its rivals too. So it’s not exactly representative of an EV you can buy.

      • Astonman

        True – I was thinking in terms of the Model 3 with two motors that can beat my car off the line. The handling may not be as good, but a little down the line, that will be easy to do. Now a company won’t hurt it’s own brand by having an inexpensive model compete with their more prestigious models but it won’t stop a lower tier brand from making an inexpensive car that competes.

    • Big Black Duck

      i think once the novelty wears out..they will actually place accelaration limiters…so Grandma’s don’t run over school kids…lets hope self driving cars arrives so the crappy drivers who love being on phones start letting their cars do the driving

      • S3XY

        All Tesla’s have Chill mode which limit power output to the accelerator. Basically, makes it feel like driving a gas car. Slow.

      • Astonman

        I think what they’ll just limit the battery pack power to slow down the cheaper cars. I believe the Tesla batteries are the same on the Model S but they’re not unlocked to their potential unless you pay for it.

    • S3XY

      EV’s simply enhance the quality of everyone’s lives. All these high priced unattainable super cars will no longer be desired as a car like the Model 3 is better than them in every way for real life every day practical uses and is actually attainable.

      • Prof Jag Cat

        Perhaps not every way… most EVs still lack great design. That needs to change.

        • Yavor

          But thats cars in general 🙁

      • Ronald Roman

        See my reply to Astonman. IMHO, Model 3 is cramped and has an ugly interior. For $80K.

      • DantesLegions

        Said S3XY with a purple tesla … LOL

    • samurai

      The point of a Huracan Performante or 911 GT2 RS is not quartermile but laptimes. I doubt the electric RS3 project can corner anywhere as good and is even capable of doing multiple laps without falling into limp mode.

      • GobbleUp

        Agreed. Look at the upcoming Pinnanfarina and similar >$1M electric supercars. Won’t last on a track for more than a few miles.
        Love my model s as the best car ever made, but as a DD only.

      • Astonman

        I would like to see a comparison on that. That car looks like it could really move on a track. Keep in mind we’re still at the infant stage. I’m thinking 5-10 years from now.

    • Ronald Roman

      Do I need that instant torque for my commute? Nah…Fast charging, that is the answer. Once that is done, the range is not so important. But for now I am not willing to look half hour for a charging station and sit another half hour for the battery to charge. There is a gas station at every other corner and it takes me 5 minutes to fill up.

      • Astonman

        They’ll have the fast charging. Can’t think of which company that just said “12 minutes to get 80% level”. Pretty good. It’ll only get better.

        • Ronald Roman

          I’ll believe it when I’ll see it…that would be acceptable…around 10 minute to drive 250 miles…IMHO.

  • Six_Tymes

    is anyone surprised? I mean come on, 1,180 HP of EV power. Imagine if they could fit that in the RS2 and keep the weight the same. THAT would be so amazing.

  • dj_aris

    To make this race even slightly useful we should at least compare the cost of each vehicle. Othewise, I guess a F1 car would beat them both easily, why not include one of those as well?

  • Trackhacker

    Meh. I like EVs for the environmental reasons and that they are quiet and don’t smell. But I’d still prefer to drive something more raw feeling. I never care about acceleration speed. We have speed limits who cares. I prefer overall driving balance which EVs don’t have. The exotic supercars have the same problem. They are too much for the street. The best cars are ones like the STI or BRZ. Those are fun street cars.

  • Scherpereel Clement

    Right … so people think it’s fair to compare a 690 Hp ICE car to a nearly 1200 Hp electric car !?
    Are they stupid ? Or does the gene of logic has left their DNA because of moronic issue ?

    • D3X

      Right? I mean all these Tesla fanboys are saying it’s the future, and yet here we are looking at a VAG produced EV that’s marking a beginning of change to the EV market.

      There’s no logic, I mean all of them are looking at a single drag race run and not realize that there’s absolutely no discussion of how much battery this actually uses and the after effects wear and tear. If you did this to an EV 10 times a day, these cars won’t run a week later due to battery issues. People don’t even realize that Teslas need to swap their battery cells is 4-5 years and these packs degrade and unable to punch out max peak performance and range.

      Ever had issues with battery in your laptop or your smartphone, same basic tech.

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