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Audi electric urban concept – Click above to watch video after the jump

Audi
has dished out some details on the quirky electric concept that our spies recently caught in action over in Berlin, Germany. The electric Audi Urban Concept is a 1+1-seat, ultra-lightweight vehicle that Audi says is designed for congested city spaces. The German automaker says the "technical study" will make its official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Audi Urban Concept is not based on a existing vehicle – its development adheres to strict principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. The result, says Audi, is a vehicle with, "no unnecessary weight, and one that concentrates on the pure essence of sporty motion." This diminutive Audi makes extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, which integrates the undercarriage of both seats, to keep weight in check.

The Urban Concept is powered by a pair of e-tron electric motors that get juice from a lithium-ion battery pack. Audi says the ultra-lightweight concept is, "ideal for extended city tours." Hit the jump to see more of the electric Audi Urban Concept.



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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, which will be shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) 2011, 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. The roof is designed to be maneuverable and slides to the rear to open. This enables entry to the car.

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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      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the offset tandem design which allows them to reduce frontal area, but keeps the passenger alongside the driver which seems more sociable than traditional tandems.
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        One could widen the body to cover the wheels, which would allow two passengers behind the driver. Thus the Gordon Murray T.25 and T.27 design.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like it would be a blast to drive, but without bumpers I don't see it passing US crash safety standards. Looks like a 200mpge vehicle. Dan wont like it because it is not his design, but it is much more efficient than anything Audi has done before.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Is it just me or does everyone have a pension for ragging on Dan? And more to the point, does it always amuse me? I think that would be an emphatic yes!
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi is trolling Dan. LOL.
      Dan S
      • 3 Years Ago
      They better keep the amazing ye olde Quattro grille. I'm quite smitten by this to be honest.
      Elmo Biggins
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a smaller, more angular, 4 wheeled Aptera.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll keep it short... ... .. . WANT WANT WANT WANTWANTWANT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That can't be right - Audi as a premium OEM cannot be responsible for such a "car"...nothing more than a dune-buggy - lame!
      • 3 Years Ago
      So it is designed for smaller city streets. Not sure if meets the 15 kW / 400 kg power-to-weight maximum ratios for heavy quadricycles. If not, then it may just have to go through the safety tests for cars. In city speeds of beyond 45 kph it should still survive collisions with a roll cage of some sorts, but on motorways I wouldn't want to know. Although, some cities might not go for quadricycles with their higher acceptance on cheaper (electric) scooters. About the quadricycle, I explained it better here: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/08/08/audi-city-e-tron-concept-caught-during-film-shoot/#aolc=A6NGDw
        PeterScott
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes. ebikes/escooters are more efficient and less expensive, but many parts of the world have weather that includes rain/sleet/snow. Which makes a canopy and/or the stability of 4 wheels very desirable.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Or LOTS of sun where a canopy keeping that **** off your neck would prevent you from broiling on the way to the office. It's pretty damn sunny here in central Texas.
      fred schumacher
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since we drive alone nearly 7/8ths of the time, the industry needs to play around with this concept, which should be more accurately called a commuter car rather than a city car. In order to be appealing to the general driving public, it needs to cost no more than half that of a standard compact car, since buyers will perceive it as offering half the utility. Audi's exercise strikes me as too expensive (carbon fiber), much too wide, too much parasitic drag from exposed running gear with vulnerable wheels and suspension. It could have been simplified by going to a tadpole three-wheeler morphology.
        GoodCheer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fred schumacher
        "It could have been simplified by going to a tadpole three-wheeler morphology." I.e., they should have built the Aptera. I think that's a pretty reasonable argument to make (lower weight, fewer parts, better aerodynamics, fewer and lower regulatory hurdles), but at the same time I can understand that Audi wouldn't want to get into such a radically new field. Maybe Bombardier can expand on their Spyder line to work towards the same end?
        budfox
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fred schumacher
        There are a lot of people who prefer 4 wheels including me. I hope Audi is bringing this concept to market at a reasonable price. I don't need more car(weight).
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way better concept then the 2 wheeler x-prize winner.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's growing on me. with aerodynamic covers over the wheels I'd actually like one. it's not ideal but as cars go..
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