When Audi announced that they’d be ending their highly successful Le Mans Prototype efforts in favour of a move to Formula E, it was hard not to be a little disappointed. A few years on, Audi have now announced that they’ll be using all that they learned from LMP1 to bring their racing technology to the road.
Wearing the name PB 18 e-tron, the new electric supercar will be officially unveiled during this year’s Pebble Beach Car Week in August. The perfect forum for a new supercar, Audi will be using both the stunning coastal backdrops of the Californian city of Monterey and the legendary Leguna Seca raceway to show the car’s beauty and roots found on the world’s racing circuits.
As you can imagine, exact details of what to expect are incredibly sparse – in fact, all we currently have is a singular teaser image and a note of where PB 18’s inspiration came from.
That said, Audi say that the aim of the project is to create a ‘design study for a puristic sports car of the future’ that features ‘emotion instead of emissions’.
As the name suggests, Audi have confirmed that PB 18 e-tron will feature powerful electric drive but they haven’t mentioned whether the new supercar will be a hybrid, much like its R18 e-tron inspiration, or whether it’ll be a solely electric vehicle.
Audi have also mentioned that lessons learned from the R18 e-tron racing car have been used to create technology solutions for various other features on the car but haven’t detailed what they are.
PB 18 e-tron’s styling has been developed at the new Malibu Design Loft and seems to be highly focused on aerodynamics. Boasting a wide and low stance, PB 18 e-tron seems to feature a sweeping roofline and roof based cameras in lieu of traditional wing mirrors – much like what we recently saw when Audi unveiled their new e-tron’s cabin.