Audi And Rimac Could Team Up For Electric R8 Successor

Earlier this year, Audi Chairman Bram Schot openly speculated about the future of the R8.

During the company’s Annual General Meeting, the executive asked “Do we need a successor with a combustion engine? Does this fit in with our vision?” Schot didn’t provide answers, but it appears Audi is moving forward with plans for an R8 successor.

Car Magazine reports Audi has approached Rimac about the possibility of collaborating on a high-performance electric vehicle that would replace the R8. Details are limited, but the car is reportedly known at the RS e-Tron and could be launched in 2023 or 2024.

The vehicle would reportedly be built by Audi at their Bollinger Höfe plant, but a lot of the development work would reportedly be outsourced to Rimac. The company won’t just play an important role in the developing the model either as sources have told the publication that Rimic would also supply the powertrain.

Speaking of the latter, the car is envisioned to have four electric motors that produce a combined output of roughly 937 hp (699 kW / 950 PS). This setup would reportedly enable the all-wheel drive model to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds.

Other rumored specifications include a 95 kWh solid-state battery pack with a wireless charging system. The batteries are also slated to have a fast charging capability and enough power to deliver 300 miles (483 km) of range.

Furthermore, the two-seater is slated to have an aluminum monocoque chassis and active aerodynamics. That sounds pretty impressive and the car is rumored to start at less than €200,000 ($223,670 / £184,237).

Of course, nothing is set in stone and plans may change as Schot has previously expressed his desire to “concentrate maximum resources on our key projects” and eliminate model complexity. He also criticized the company for being “involved in too many projects for several years.”

Also Read: All-Electric Audi R8 e-tron Unveiled

A high-performance electric supercar isn’t exactly a key project, but the R8 has been an important halo model for the four-ring brand. That being said, the previous R8 e-tron was a failure as less than 100 units were sold.

  • john1168

    I wonder if the Lambo Huracan will get the same treatment.

  • Dennis James

    It seems that Rimac builds the electric part for many European brand’s performance cars. I found out they also work for Aston Martin and Koenigsegg. Interesting company !

    • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов

      Add Bugatti and Lamborghini for future projects also

  • Six_Tymes

    So, Porsche and now Audi, ok maybe one in the same I know. But when you have big companies relying on smaller to avoid R&D of their own and use the already existing developments, not much advances. Things (ev tech) will stay pretty much stagnant for decades. Think what you will, what I said is fact. It’s sad to see Porsche, now Audi avoid R&D, we wont be seeing many advancements in our time.

    • Matt

      Actually Porsche and Audi pumping $$$ into Rimac will allow for more R&D advancements… so what you have said is not fact.

      • Astonman

        The problem I see is that if everyone is sourcing from one company, then where is the uniqueness of a brand? After styling, an engine is a brands’s most important item that gives it its distinctiveness.

        • Matt

          I completely agree, but that was always going to happen with the shift to EVs. Sadly brand-specific programming (throttle response etc) will be the only thing to distinguish the ‘character’ of a brand against another.

          • Astonman

            Maybe these companies don’t want to put too much money into EV just yet because they still have to spend money on autonomous cars too and their ICEs. They figure RIMAC will give them what they need for now. Maybe once they become more committed, then they will spend the R&D they would have on engines to the motors and batteries.

  • Vassilis

    Yes, you do need a successor with an ICE

  • JqC

    The R8 E-tron went on sale? I had no idea!!!!

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