Design Concept of the Day: Audi urban concept

August 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Audi’s simply-named ‘urban concept’ is an ultra-light two-seater, with occupants sitting in a slightly staggered 1+1 arrangement – not quite a tandem layout, as previously rumoured. It’s narrow for slipping through city traffic, thus also aerodynamic, and should prove super-efficient as well; Audi’s also claiming that it has elements of “a racing car, a roadster, a fun car”, as it “concentrates on the pure essence of dynamic motion.” Power comes from two electric motors, with lithium-ion batteries – no more detail than that at this stage – and the cockpit’s constructed from carbonfibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP), which also underpins the seats. The interior’s simple and stripped-down, with adjustable steering wheel and pedals (the driver’s seat is fixed) – and entry is via the tailgate, with the roof canopy sliding to allow access. The freestanding 21-inch wheels have LED-adorned protective (and aerodynamics-enhancing) covers.

The urban concept will be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month; Autocar reports that there will also be several “less extravagant” interpretations on the same theme, and the reaction of showgoers and the media will be gauged before a design is chosen for production. And there’s the further rumour that Audi is considering a resurrection of the defunct NSU brand-name it owns, to be applied to a range of city cars and perhaps even motorcycles. It’d be appropriate for range-extended e-tron models using a rotary engine, as well…

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