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All-electric Audi RS3 with 4 Formula E electric motors takes world record for speed in reverse at 210 km/h

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Over the past few weeks, Schaeffler has been letting German race driver Daniel Abt play with their crazy new all-electric vehicle: an Audi RS3 equipped with a battery pack and 4 Formula E electric motors in order to create an 880 kW all-electric racing car.

Now the driver has taken the world record for speed in reverse gear at 210 km/h.

As we previously reported, the German engineering and manufacturing group was already familiar with the Formula E motor through its involvement with Audi’s Formula E team.

But they went to a whole new level by putting four of them in a single car, each of which provides a power output of 220 kW.

It is also equipped with two battery packs with an overall capacity of 64 kWh for a modest range, but it’s enough for Schaeffler to perform its tests and blow away any driver or passenger.

Over the past few weeks, they have partnered with Daniel Abt, a German race driver competing in Formula E, to test the vehicle.

Last month, he did what he called ‘the hottest donut ever’ with the all-electric vehicle.

Now he attempted to break the world record for speed in reverse gear at 210 km/h.

Here you can watch the impressive video of the record (German):

Here are some specs that Schaeffler released about the vehicle:

  • Motors from the Abt Schaeffler FE01 Formula E racing car (season II)
  • Integration of four electric motors with a power output of 220 kW each (Pmax)
  • Overall power output of 880 kW (approx. 1,200 PS)
  • MGU with 320 Nm of peak torque
  • From 0 to 200 km/h in less than 7 seconds
  • Selective wheel drive
  • Battery capacity: 64 kWh
  • Concept and overall vehicle design: Schaeffler Technologies
  • Overall design and manufacturing of the gearbox: Schaeffler Engineering
  • Vehicle design: Schaeffler Technologies & ABT Sportsline
  • Motor and gearbox efficiency of approx. 95 percent under full-load conditions

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