Sunday, December 15, 2019
News Audi and Rimac Could Team Up for Next R8

Audi and Rimac Could Team Up for Next R8

Cars like the Audi R8 in its current form are unfortunately a dying breed, but Rimac may have a solution.

Rimac is a Croatian automaker that is best known for the C_Two, a fully-electric hypercar unveiled at Geneva Motor Show two years ago and presented with a fresh coat of paint at this year’s show. Powered by four electric motors that develop 1,914 horsepower, the Rimac C_Two is one of the fastest cars ever built anywhere with a 0-60 mph time of 1.85 seconds and a 0-300 km/h time of just 11.8 seconds.

Equally impressive is the C_Two’s range. Thanks to two 120-kWh battery packs, the EV can travel 550 kilometres on a single charge. Now, it appears Audi wants some of that technology.

According to UK magazine CAR, Audi is in the first stages of developing a partnership with Rimac to develop the next-generation Audi R8. Instead of the current V10 engine, the next R8 would have an electric powertrain and be called the RS e-tron. It would have 950 bhp coming from four electric motors powered by fast-charge batteries. It would be capable of reaching 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and yes, it would have all-wheel drive. Other known details about the Audi RS e-tron include 300 kilometres of range, a 95 kWh solid-state battery and wireless charging capability.

Rimac C_Two hypercar is everything

Rimac is currently working with Porsche and there are plans to develop technologies for Bugatti and Lamborghini. They have also been in talks with Hyundai.

We all love the V10-powered Audi R8, but there’s no denying that it’s time for Audi’s flagship to take the next step after a long a prolific career. Audi is currently launching its new e-tron lineup with the Audi e-tron SUV slowly arriving in Canada. Next will be the Audi e-tron GT sedan which will compete with the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S. The Audi RS e-tron would be the Audi electric flagship when/if it arrives in 2023 or 2024.

2020 Audi R8 Images

2019 Audi R8
2020 Audi R8 | Photo: Audi

2019 Audi R8
2020 Audi R8 | Photo: Audi

2019 Audi R8
2020 Audi R8 | Photo: Audi

2019 Audi R8
2020 Audi R8 | Photo: Audi

Source: CAR

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Charles Jolicoeur
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Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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