INGOLSTADT, Germany, Sept. 11, 2011 /CNW/ -
An innovative urban concept car with 1+1 seats
Spyder variant with doors that open to the top
Sleek cockpit made from CFRP, free-standing wheels with protective
Elaborate suspension, compact electric drive system for sporty
Audi is once again opening up new horizons: the Audi urban concept is a
1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The technical
study being presented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in
Frankfurt does not fit under any of the conventional categories - the
Audi urban concept combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an
urban car into one radical new concept. In addition to a Sportback
model, Audi is also presenting a Spyder variant.
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The Audi urban concept is not based on any previous model - its
development is solely oriented on the strict principles of lightweight
construction, efficiency and reduction. The result is a concept car
with no unnecessary weight, and one that concentrates on the pure
essence of sporty motion.
The Audi urban concept has a sleek body. The wheels are free-standing,
their surrounding protective plates feature blinking strips of LED
lights. The highly concentrated look of the technical study, with its
forward-urging lines, is dynamic and emotional - it lends Audi's design
language a completely new impetus.
On board there is room for two people, their position slightly staggered
and at a sporty, low level. All controls and materials are subject to
the dictates of ultra-lightweight construction in order to ensure that
the sensory experience they convey is unique and compelling. The driver
can adjust the steering wheel and pedals to his own body measurements.
Characteristic features of the Spyder include its low, continuous
window area and its doors that open diagonally to the top.
The technology in the Audi urban concept reflects the full capabilities
of the brand, especially when it comes to ultra-lightweight
construction. The cockpit consists of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer,
which integrates the undercarriage of both seats. The Audi urban
concept rolls on wheels with a 21-inch diameter.
Two e-tron electric motors provide the propulsion - providing the
ultra-light Audi urban concept with the ability to accelerate
powerfully. A lithium-ion battery supplies the energy - ideal for
extended city tours.
SOURCE Audi AG
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