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Audi Shows Off Light, Green 'Urban Concept'

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On: Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 5:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


Audi Shows Off Light, Green 'Urban Concept'

After an inadvertent reveal via spy shot, Audi has provided some official information and pictures of its Urban Concept. The car, which will make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, takes compact and lightweight to the next level.

This one is definitely more of a fully conceptual, tinkering-with-ideas-type concept than a preview of a future Audi car. Audi describes it:

"The Audi urban concept is not based on any previous model—its development is solely oriented on the strict principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. The result is a concept car with no unnecessary weight, and one that concentrates on the pure essence of sporty motion."

The car is built upon a carbon fiber-reinforced-polymer monocoque and features a short, narrow layout. It holds a driver and passenger seated in tandem fashion. Emphasis has been placed on ultralight design from beginning to end, as can be seen in the free-standing, 21-inch wheels, which help to create the streamlined body, and the barebones, ultralight cockpit.

Instead of conventional doors, Audi uses what it calls a "lift," in which the roof and doors retract toward the rear, allowing for entry. Once inside, the deep-seated driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals to his size and preference.

In terms of drivetrain, the Urban Concept sports two electric motors powered by a lithium-ion battery. Audi doesn't say how the motors are mounted in the concept.

I like the short, sharp lines of this concept and the eye-catching wheels. If the next-generation of city cars looks anything like this, I may even consider buying one.

We'll get more when Frankfurt gets underway.

PRESS RELEASE

The Audi urban concept – a completely new kind of concept car

  • An innovative urban concept car with 1+1 seats
  • Sleek cockpit made from CFRP, free-standing wheels with protective plates
  • Elaborate suspension, compact electric drive system for sporty performance

Audi is once again opening up new horizons: the Audi urban concept is a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The technical study does not fit under any of the conventional categories – the Audi urban concept combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new concept.

The Audi urban concept is not based on any previous model – its development is solely oriented on the strict principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. The result is a concept car with no unnecessary weight, and one that concentrates on the pure essence of sporty motion.

The Audi urban concept has a sleek body. The wheels are free-standing, their surrounding protective plates feature blinking strips of LED lights. The highly concentrated look of the technical study, with its forward-urging lines, is dynamic and emotional – it lends Audi's design language a completely new impetus.

On board there is room for two people, their position slightly staggered and at a sporty, low level. All controls and materials are subject to the dictates of ultra-lightweight construction in order to ensure they convey a completely unique, sensory allure. The driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals to his own body measurements. Entry to the car is via the tailgate. The roof is designed to be maneuverable and slides to the rear to open.

The technology in the Audi urban concept reflects the full capabilities of the brand, especially when it comes to ultra-lightweight construction. The cockpit consists of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, which integrates the undercarriage of both seats. The Audi urban concept rolls on wheels with a 21-inch diameter.

Two e-tron electric motors provide the propulsion – providing the ultra-light Audi urban concept with the ability to accelerate powerfully. A lithium-ion battery supplies the energy – ideal for extended city tours.


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