Audi's e-tron Gran Turismo concept vehicle is a reality

Audi's e-tron Gran Turismo concept vehicle is a reality

The e-tron Vision Gran Turismo race taxi will be deployed at all European rounds of the 2018/2019 Formula E season plus a few other other events in 2018, with loyal customers to be invited for a ride. It consists of three electric motors (two at the rear and one at the front) with a combined output of 804 horsepower, and it has to power a vehicle that weighs only about 3,200 pounds. "Although the design of a virtual vehicle allows much greater freedom and the creation of concepts which are only hard to implement in reality, we did not want to put a purely fictitious concept on wheels", said Audi's chief designer Marc Lichte. "We are expanding our gathering of valuable experience also in extremely demanding conditions".

Over the past few years, Playstation racing juggernaut Gran Turismo has challenged carmakers to create their idea of a "Vision Gran Turismo" concept auto.

Owners of Gran Turismo Sport can now get this Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo and race it on the same Forumla E Rome Circuit as the actual auto will be debuting on. Beginning on April 14th in Rome, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be deployed as a "race taxi" piloted by either former DTM driver Rahel Frey or Le Mans victor Dindo Capello, allowing those lucky VIPs to experience the performance offered by an electric powertrain first hand. It's a fully functioning coupe created to be a marketing spearhead for its e-tron electric auto brand and Formula E involvement, but which started off its life as an imaginary model in the "Gran Turismo" video game on Sony's PlayStation 4. The paintjob is inspired by the legendary Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO racer.

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Remarkably, Audi's engineers were able to bring the e-tron Vision GT from digital-only concept to drivable physical auto in only 11 months. Three electric motors, each with output of 200 kW, propel the concept vehicle. Weighing around 3,197 pounds, the permanent all-wheel-drive race vehicle is said to have a 50:50 weight distribution between the two axles and a 0-62 miles per hour time of under 2.5 seconds. It takes less than 2.5 sec to reach 0 to 100 km/h. Total system output is 600 kW (815 hp).

Audi's e-tron Vision GT will be driven by former DTM driver Rahel Frey of Switzerland or Le Mans victor Dindo Capello of Italy.

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