E-tron will lead Spa 24 formation lap
Audi talks racing series for RS EVs
Audi has brought the RS e-tron GT prototype out to play this weekend. The still camouflaged model will be out in front of its R8 race car siblings at the largest GT race in the world. No, it won’t be competing, the car will lead the field at the Spa 24 Hours, at least for the formation lap.
Shockingly built at the same plant, the Audi R8 LMS GT3 racecar and the RS e-tron GT prototype are a bit of old meeting new. The current state of high performance amped up for a meeting with the electric vehicle of tomorrow as well as a showcase of the flexibility of modern vehicle production.
The event at the famed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is a 24 hour race that’s been held nearly every year since 1924. This time it is being held as a race in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. The last Audi to win the event was an R8 in 2017 under the control of Jules Gounon, Christopher Haase, and Markus Winkelhock.
While they’re built in the same place, this is the first time, Audi says, that the two vehicles have met. And while the R8 is the racer du jour, the Audi RS e-tron GT prototype is getting ready for an electrified GT race series of its own. Head of Audi Sport customer racing Chris Reinke said that “the fascinating Audi RS e-tron GT prototype is the ideal basis for a promising concept with electrified drives in GT racing, as announced by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation with the GTX World Tour.” The new series is a multidisciplinary competition that has rules designed to favour both speed and efficiency.
“The Audi RS e-tron GT prototype is the first all-electric high-performance model from Audi and the next icon in the RS model portfolio,” says Rolf Michl, Director Sales & Marketing Audi Sport GmbH. “With it, we are heralding a new era of the two letters RS at Audi.”