First report: May 2015
You see, I had an appointment in north-western France at a motor race you may have heard of: the Le Mans 24 Hours. Not only would my journey there be a fantastic test of the e-tron’s long-distance cruising capability (it’s a mighty 365.5 miles from my home in glamorous Croydon to the Circuit de la Sarthe), it would also give me a chance to see the very latest in cutting-edge hybrid technology.
All the big players in the LMP-1 class (that’s the premier class which runs at Le Mans and at the FIA World Endurance Championships) are hybrids; Toyota, Nissan, Porsche and yes, Audi. So we thought we’d make the pilgrimage to this petrol head’s paradise to compare the cars at each end of Audi’s hybrid portfolio.
And make no mistake, this is a pilgrimage, especially for Brits. Heading down to Folkestone to catch Le Shuttle, I spied all manner of British-registered exotica, including a super-rare Aston Martin One-77 hypercar; and I was joined on the train by several Porsches, BMW M cars, Caterhams and other such interesting machinery. Frankly, despite the A3’s smart looks and clever tech, I was left feeling slightly under-equipped compared to my fellow travellers.