Audi has demonstrated the cold weather power and impressive torque of its e-tron electric vehicle (EV) by driving it straight up a world-famous downhill ski course.
The German carmaker employed World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekström to drive the specially equipped all-wheel drive car up the face of Austria’s ‘Mausefalle’ on its legendary ‘Streif’, which is the steepest section of the course at a gradient of 85%.
It used 19-inch wheels with spikes to provide the necessary grip on snow and ice.
Driver Mattias Ekström said: “Conquering an 85% gradient sounds impossible at first. Even I was impressed with the way this car handles such difficult terrain.”
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