This is the Audi E-Tron FE05, a next-generation all-electric racer. 

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It's also, I believe, one of the best looking race cars on the road. 

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It's a huge upgrade over last year's FE04, which won the championship.

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The look is different, but what's under the skin is radically different too, now offering twice the range. 

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The interior is... sparse to say the least. No shortage of buttons, though. 

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Squeezing in takes a bit of doing, but it's well worth the effort.

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Team Principal Allan McNish was a helpful and willing driving coach.

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Out on the track, the FE05 was a real joy -- quick and nimble, but still stable and fun.

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The older FE04, on the other hand, was far more nervous and twitchy.

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Driving both was a real, real privilege. 

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