From the PlayStation to the race observe

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With the totally electrical “Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo” idea automotive Audi is now turning electrical mobility right into a tangible expertise in a novel manner. Initially developed solely for digital races on PlayStation four, Audi is making the brand new race automotive actuality along with Formulation E. Beginning with the race in Rome on Saturday, April 14, the Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo might be deployed as a race taxi.

“E-Mobility is quickly gaining significance,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Administration, Technical Growth, AUDI AG. “That’s the reason in 2017 Audi was the primary German producer to enter Formulation E with a factory-backed dedication. In our growth laboratory motorsport, we’re constantly increasing our experience in e-mobility and gathering precious expertise additionally in extraordinarily demanding circumstances. With the Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo race taxi we’re turning electrical mobility right into a tangible expertise for our clients and company as a part of the Formulation E races – in the midst of the world’s metropolises.”

The purchasers and company of the model with the 4 rings will have the ability to expertise Formulation E’s metropolis circuits as passengers within the Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo beginning on the race in Rome (April 14). Staff at Audi’s pre-production heart developed and produced this one-of-a-kind automotive inside the area of simply eleven months primarily based on the instance of the Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo from the “Gran Turismo” PlayStation recreation. The million-selling “Gran Turismo” recreation has lengthy acquired cult standing with players across the globe. Audi has been working along with Sony and Polyphony Digital – the creators of “Gran Turismo” – for practically 20 years. Audi designers created the Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo for the “Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo” competitors that was launched available on the market on the event of the favored recreation’s 15th anniversary. Quite a few car producers developed digital race vehicles for the competition.

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Many of those idea vehicles had been subsequently constructed as full-scale fashions as effectively and introduced at commerce exhibits. The Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo, nevertheless, is the primary idea automotive of this vary to be deployed to real-world race tracks as a totally practical automobile. “That is what we’re notably pleased with,” says Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte. “Though the design of a digital automobile permits a lot better freedom and the creation of ideas that are solely arduous to implement in actuality, we didn’t wish to put a purely fictitious idea on wheels. Our goal was a totally practical automotive. The Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo exhibits that electrical mobility at Audi could be very emotive. This automotive incorporates quite a few components of our new design language such because the inverted single body within the automobile’s coloration that might be typical for our new e-tron fashions.”

Audi has intentionally taken up design components and the colour of the legendary Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO with which the corporate in 1989 thrilled motorsport followers within the North American IMSA-GTO racing collection with drivers like Hans-Joachim Caught, Walter Röhrl, Hurley Haywood and Scott Goodyear. That includes a mix of systematic light-weight design and quattro drive paired with a robust five-cylinder turbo engine, the automotive was far forward of its time again then.

The Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo has everlasting all-wheel drive as effectively, the totally electrical e-tron quattro all-wheel drive with variable energy distribution. Three electrical motors, every with output of 200 kW, propel the idea automotive. Two electrical motors drive the rear axle and the third one the entrance axle, utilizing particular person parts from the longer term Audi e-tron. System output is 600 kW (815 hp). With a curb weight of 1,450 kilograms the electrical race automotive has an influence to weight ratio of 1.78 kilo­grams per horsepower with supreme 50:50 % weight distribution between the entrance and the rear axle. The Audi e-tron Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in lower than 2.5 seconds.

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The futuristic race taxi might be deployed in any respect European Formulation E races and quite a few different occasions in 2018. On the wheel might be former DTM driver Rahel Frey from Switzerland or Le Mans winner Dindo Capello from Italy.


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