Audi is no stranger to product placement in movies, but the upcoming sci-fi adventure movie, Ender's Game, will be the first time the German automaker has ever unveiled a "purely virtual" vehicle design in a movie. As the movie's star car, the futuristic Audi fleet shuttle quattro was created by Audi Design as a "vision for the future world."

This new movie car comes almost 10 years after one of our favorite Audi movie cars ever, the Audi RSQ that was prominently used in the 2004 sci-fi action film, I, Robot. Looking back, the RSQ obviously used cues from the Audi R8, but it's unclear if the fleet shuttle quattro has any design implications for future Audi production models.

The movie, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield, and it premiers in the US on November 1. Audi has provided images of the fleet shuttle quattro, and Summit Entertainment has released its latest trailer for the movie, which is posted below along with an Audi press release.
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Virtual vision: Audi designs science fiction car

-Movie car Audi fleet shuttle quattro displays a futuristic design
-Audi Design develops visions for the future world
-Summit Entertainment's "Ender's Game" features all-star cast including Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford

Futuristic, progressive and cutting edge: the Audi Design Team has developed an entirely virtual car for Summit Entertainment's film adaptation of the award-winning, best-selling novel "Ender's Game". With its visionary design, the Audi fleet shuttle quattro blends easily into the world of the science fiction feature film and combines futuristic design with groundbreaking technology.

The fictional Audi fleet shuttle quattro seen in the film "Ender's Game" marks the first time the car company has unveiled a purely virtual Audi in a feature film. True to the company's "Vorsprung durch Technik" philosophy, the brand with the four rings collaborated with director Gavin Hood and the production team to use the latest technology to digitally and seamlessly integrate the Audi fleet shuttle quattro into the futuristic environment of the film. The company noted that the technologically advanced world of "Ender's Game" is reflected in the design of the model. "The Audi in the movie represents progress and it appears in key scenes that have a lasting impact on the life of the protagonist," explained Florian Zitzlsperger, responsible for Brand Partnerships at AUDI AG. "As a result, our Audi becomes part of this fictional world."

"Designing the Audi fleet shuttle quattro was similar to customizing a tailor-made suit. We adapted it to the requirements of the world in 'Ender's Game' and at the same time had to take care to preserve our brand values," said Frank Rimili, chief designer for the film project. "We were ultimately able to perfectly project our design philosophy into the fictional world of the movie." Linda McDonough, a producer of "Ender's Game," added, "The Audi brand is already very forward thinking which made their inclusion in our film an organic fit."

Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel, the feature film "Ender's Game" is an epic adventure written for the screen and directed by Gavin Hood starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. In preparation for the next attack, humans begin training the best students to find their future leader. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant young man, is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters the training, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. He is soon ordained as the military's next great hope and is charged to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Summit Entertainment, which co-financed the film with OddLot Entertainment, will release the film in the United States.

The film will premiere in German cinemas on October 24.


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      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is it that suspension travel is never needed in the future?
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      It doesn't look as good as the one in irobot........that audi looks nice and futuristic.......this looks like something out of a video game....cant really see it making it into production (and yes, I known it isn't meet to be).....
      Blackie
      • 1 Year Ago
      What does the future have against wheels? And is there going to be some stigma associated with turning in coming years?
      Aussie Aspie
      • 1 Year Ago
      It has a lot in common with the Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept from the 2010 LA Auto Show. autoblog dot com /2010/11/16/la-2010-mercedes-benz-shows-off-biome-concept-for-la-design-cha/
      artso06
      • 1 Year Ago
      Student
      Ryth
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's got a KIA Tiger nose in that front view.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks a lot like their i-Robot car.
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      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does the video game Audi need weekly repairs like the real world Audis?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
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      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 1 Year Ago
      The movie is based on a book by Card, a board member of NOM, and a rabid fanatic mormon who advocates causes that get kids bullied and has likely resulted in many suicides. IF YOU SEE THE MOVIE, YOU ENRICH A DISGUSTING BIGOT -- even if his books are good. Hollywood, run by greedy ******, looks at box office results and pays more to authors to film their next book CARD IS NOT AS BAD AS HITLER, BUT HE IS ON THE WAY TO BEING AS EVIL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @INCREDIBLE BOB
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        Alexander
        • 1 Year Ago
        @INCREDIBLE BOB
        What a joke, there are bigger issues out there than a science-fiction novelists personal views, how about the fact that we as a human race are being enslaved by rich greedy elites who believe that 90% of us should be wiped out and the only enough of us around to keep there world of luxury afloat. How about the fact that Bill Gates wants to cover the entire world with geo-engineering particles to block the suns rays from heating up the globe, and the fact that he runs population control vaccine programs in Africa, which the women are forced to take if they want health/child care, which when they take the vaccine 1/3 times they have a miscarriage. Please get some priorities in life.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like an 80's boombox from the side.
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, it seems that everything will evolve in future.... Except for Audi's design.
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