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% This is the 1&only news-piece off-setting the ton of (aaa) anti-EV items I
found stating EVs are bad/ng/crap in cold weather (koch $M @work, aaa ready
&hungry4 koch$)

Audi e-tron makes successful ascent of legendary downhill ski course
19 February 2019  Robin Whitlock

Audi e-tron makes successful ascent of legendary downhill ski course
Courtesy of Audi

Audi e-tron extreme: Audi e-tron technology demonstrator climbs the Streif

In late January, Audi sent a fully electric-powered Audi e-tron SUV onto the
Austrian slopes where the world’s best ski racers battle for victory in the
Hahnenkamm Race, and there it climbed the “Mausefalle” on the legendary
“Streif”, which has an 85 percent gradient and is therefore the steepest
section of the course.

In order to climbe the 85 percent gradient, the Audi e?tron technology
demonstrator was equipped with a special quattro powertrain with two
electric motors on the rear axle and one electric motor on the front axle.
The technology demonstrator achieved a total boost output of up to 370 kW
and wheel torque of 8,920 Nm (6,579.1 lb-ft). This ensured full performance
on the steep gradient. Audi also modified the software with respect to drive
torque and torque distribution for the special conditions on the “Streif”.
19-inch wheels with spikes developed specifically for this driving event
provided the necessary grip on snow and ice.

“We already proved the mettle of the electric SUV last year in a number of
Audi e?tron extreme events” said  Peter Oberndorfer, Head of Product and
Technology Communications. “From Pikes Peak to the salt plains of Namibia to
the high-voltage test bay in Berlin – the Audi e?tron prototype mastered the
greatest of challenges. With the sensational drive up the ‘Mausefalle’ we
have pushed the boundaries even further and demonstrated all the technical
possibilities of quattro technology in an electric car.”

Driver Mattias Ekström, the World Rallycross champion and two-time DTM
champion, added that conquering an 85 percent gradient sounds impossible at
first, and that even he was impressed with the way the car handled such
difficult terrain.

For the greatest possible safety, the Audi e?tron technology demonstrator
was equipped with a roll cage and a racing seat with a six-point harness.
The vehicle itself was equipped with a belay, through which a safety cable
was run. There was no pulling device.

Audi had a strong partner at its side for this project: the Austrian
beverage producer Red Bull. The two companies are long-standing partners of
the Hahnenkamm Race and conducted this event together. The Audi e?tron
technology demonstrator also illustrated this collaboration with a special
set of decals.
[© renewableenergymagazine.com]
 ... a little too close to the French word “étron ...

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