Audi originally created the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo for the PlayStation 4, exclusively for virtual racing. But now the company is building the vehicle as a fully fledged, operational concept car.
Audi’s pre-production center developed and produced the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo from the virtual example designed for the Gran Turismo video game. The process took just eleven months.
Powered by three electric motors, each with a peak power of 268 horsepower (200 kW), the vehicle features a permanent all-wheel drive – two motors drive the rear axle and one is responsible for the front wheels. The combined system output stands at 815 hp (600 kW), which is enough to propel the concept from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds. The power-to-weight ratio of the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is 1.78 kilograms per horsepower in a 50:50 weight distribution design.
Starting with the Rome race this weekend, the all-electric study will be used as a race taxi, which means customers and guests of Audi will be able to “experience Formula E’s city circuits as passengers” with either former DTM driver Rahel Frey or Le Mans winner Dindo Capello behind the wheel. The vehicle will be deployed at all Formula E races in Europe and several other events this year.
“E-Mobility is rapidly gaining importance,” said Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, Audi AG. “With the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo race taxi we are turning electric mobility into a tangible experience for our customers and guests as part of the Formula E races – in the middle of the world’s metropolises.”