The lines between reality and virtual reality are blurred more with each passing day, and the latest creation from Audi is speeding up the process.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo Concept was conceived as a virtual racer in Sony’s highly successful Gran Turismo game series, but on April 14 the car leaves its electronic world and takes up duty as a race taxi.
“E-Mobility is rapidly gaining importance,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG. “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.”
Audi’s engineers developed and produced this one-of-a-kind car within just eleven months. It is based entirely on the example of the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo from the PlayStation game.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo has fully electric e-tron quattro all-wheel drive with variable power distribution. Three electric motors, each with an output of 200 kW, propel the concept car.
Two electric motors drive the rear axle and the third one the front axle. Total system output is 600 kW. Audi claims the model will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2,5 seconds.
The colour is a nod back to the IMSA-dominating 90 quattro racers as campaigned in the US by drivers such as Hans-Joachim Stuck and Walter Röhrl.
The race taxi will be seen at all European Formula E races in 2018. Former DTM driver Rahel Frey from Switzerland or Le Mans winner Rinaldo “Dindo” Capello from Italy will be in charge of scaring passengers at the series numerous street circuits.