Originally developed for virtual races on PlayStation games console, Audi has made the race car a reality with Formula E and in 2018, the Vision Gran Turismo will be deployed as a race taxi
Audi was the first German manufacturer to enter Formula E with a factory-backed commitment. Trying to expand their expertise in e-mobility and gathering data in extremely demanding conditions. With the Gran Turismo race taxi, they are turning electric cars into an exciting experience for customers.
Based on the Audi e-tron as featured in the Gran Turismo PlayStation game, numerous automobile manufacturers developed virtual race cars for the 15th anniversary edition. Many of these concept cars were subsequently built as full-scale models and presented to the public. The Audi e-tron was the first concept car to be built as a fully functioning vehicle.
"E-mobility is rapidly gaining importance"
The e-tron Vision Gran Turismo shows that electric cars at Audi are very emotive. This car incorporates design elements and the colour of the legendary Audi 90 quattro. Back in 1989, fans in the American IMSA GTO racing series watched this legendary car being driven. Featuring a combination of lightweight design and quattro drive, the car was far ahead of its time back then.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo has permanent all-wheel drive as well; the fully electric e- tron quattro drive. Three electric motors, each with output of 200 kW, propel the concept car. Output is 600 kW (815 hp) and with a curb weight of 1,450 kg, the electric race car has a power to weight ratio of 1.78 kg per hp. Benefiting from the ideal 50:50 weight distribution between the front and the rear axle.
Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h 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.