Described by Schaeffler as a showcase for how quickly high-performance electric drive technology can be integrated into a series production model, the 4ePerformance can accelerate to 124mph in less than seven seconds — that will make it at least six-tenths quicker than the upcoming Ferrari 488 Pista's time of 7.6sec.
The car’s four electric motors are identical in specification to the one used in the 2016/17 ABT Schaeffler FE01 Formula E car, which was driven by Lucas di Grassi and won the series title before the racing outfit was taken over by Audi (hence the use of an RS3 for the concept). Each motor produces up to 295bhp and 236lb ft of torque.
The two motors of each axle are packaged tightly within a single gearbox housing to create a pair of electric twin axles, but with each motor connected to its own wheel via a straight-cut gear, it enables four-wheel torque vectoring. Power for the system is provided by 64kWh batteries.