With the fully electric Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car, Audi is turning electric mobility into a tangible experience in a unique way. Originally developed exclusively for virtual races on PlayStation 4, Audi is making the new race car a reality in conjunction with Formula E. Starting with the race in Rome on Saturday, April 14, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be deployed as a race taxi.
Customers and guests of the brand with the four rings will also be able to experience Formula E’s city circuits as passengers in the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, starting at the race in Rome.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo features permanent all-wheel drive in the form of fully electric e- tron quattro all-wheel drive with variable power distribution. Three electric motors, each with output of 200kW, propel the concept car. Two electric motors drive the rear axle and the third one the front axle, using individual components from the future Audi e-tron. System output is rated at a fire-breathing 600kW. With a kerb weight of just 1450 kg, the electric race car has a power to weight ratio of 1.78 kg per horsepower with ideal 50:50 percent weight distribution between the front and the rear axle. The sprint from 0 to 100km/h is accomplished in less than 2.5 seconds.
The futuristic race taxi will be deployed at all European Formula E races and numerous other events in 2018. At the wheel will be former DTM driver Rahel Frey from Switzerland or Le Mans winner Dindo Capello from Italy.