Normally, when a brand makes an outrageous concept car for the popular Gran Turismo series, their car is bound for nothing more than computer screens. That’s not the case for Audi’s latest concept car – they’ve actually made theirs and it’s incredible.
It’s called the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo and it takes the form of a fully electric concept car that the brand are using in conjunction with all-electric racing series Formula E to change people’s minds about e-mobility not being as exciting as traditional fuels.
In order to do this, Audi and Formula E are using the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo as a ‘Race Taxi’ at each of the remaining Formula E races; giving customers and friends of the brand the chance to experience the series’ tight city circuits in a real life electric racing car.
When you consider that the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo’s three 220kW electric motors produce a combined output of 815bhp, you can start to imagine just how amazing the experience will be. Lightweight design sees Audi’s one-off prototype weigh in at just 1,450kg and boast a power-to-weight ratio of 562bhp per tonne.
Combined with a special Quattro four-wheel drive system, these amazing stats grant e-tron Vision Gran Turismo a 0-62mph sprint of just 2.5 seconds.
Taking the colour scheme and various design elements from Audi’s legendary 90 quattro IMSA GTO racing car from 1989, e-tron Vision Gran Turismo combines Audi’s efforts from across various racing series (we’re seeing some DTM and Formula E in there) to create a high downforce package that’ll offer the best handling possible when navigating the tight race tracks of Formula E.
Possibly the most interesting part of the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is that, unlike almost all previous Vision Gran Turismo concept cars, it is made from technology that can be seen on existing Audi models, Audi racing cars or the new Audi Formula E car.
Starting in Rome on April 14th, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be present at all of the remaining Formula E races with either former DTM driver Rahel Frey or Le Mans winner Dindo Capello at the wheel. Further to its role as Race Taxi, it will make appearances at various motorsport and automotive events throughout 2018.
We’re looking forward to catching this one at one of the many automotive events of the year! If you could take a ride in Audi’s e-tron Vision Gran Turismo anywhere in the world, where would it be? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.