The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo was originally created to be driven on PlayStation 4 but is now becoming reality as a concept car.
Audi are making the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo as a race taxi for Formula E.
“E-Mobility is rapidly gaining importance. That is why in 2017 Audi was the first German manufacturer to enter Formula E with a factory-backed commitment. In our development laboratory motorsport, we are continuously expanding our expertise in e-mobility and gathering valuable experience also in extremely demanding conditions. With the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo race taxi we are turning electric mobility into a tangible experience for our customers and guests as part of the Formula E races – in the middle of the world’s metropolises,”
said Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG.
Audi’s pre-production centre developed and produced the car in just 11 months using the example used on the Gran Turismo PlayStation game.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is the first concept car to hit a real-world race track fully functional.
“This is what we are particularly proud of. Although the design of a virtual vehicle allows much greater freedom and the creation of concepts which are only hard to implement in reality, we did not want to put a purely fictitious concept on wheels. Our aim was a fully functional car. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo shows that electric mobility at Audi is very emotive. This car incorporates numerous elements of our new design language such as the inverted single frame in the vehicle’s color that will be typical for our new e-tronmodels,”
said Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte.
Audi has purposely used design elements and the colour scheme of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will have fully electric e-tron quattro all-wheel drive.
They’ll be three 200kW electric motors: two electric motors drive the rear axle and the third one the front axle.
Overall output of the concept car will be 815 hp and will have a kerb weight of 1,450kg. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo does 0 to 62mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will have its debut in Rome on 14th April.