Design Concept of the Day: Audi urban concept spyder
August 17, 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.
Several other versions/configurations are to come; all set for reveal at Frankfurt Motor Show next month.