Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo
Audi has jumped into the EV fray with a purely electric-powered racecar for the future. Called the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, this awesome machine was initially developed to be a virtual model in the “Vision Gran Turismo” lineup; however, Audi felt that it was just too good to keep it exclusively digitized, so it built a running prototype that is now used as a race taxi in the Formula E racing series. This makes the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo the first virtual concept car in the Vision Gran Turismo series that has become a real-life fully-functioning car.
The new racecar is reminiscent of the Audi 90 IMSA GTO, which thrilled fans in the North American IMSA GTO racing series in 1998 with drivers such as Hans-Joachim Stuck, Walter Röhrl, Hurley Haywood and Scott Goodyear. The car was far ahead of its time, thanks to its combination of lightweight construction, a powerful turbocharged inline-5 engine, and quattro all-wheel-drive.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, which fans will be able to experience virtually starting April 2018, is powered by three 200 kW (268 HP) electric motors: two motors for the rear axle and one at the front. Total output is a whopping 600 kW (803 HP), and when combined with its lean curb weight of 3,197 lbs, the result is a power-to-weight ratio of 4lbs per horsepower. The Audi is also corners with the best of them, thanks in part to 50:50 front:rear weight distribution and all-wheel-drive with variable power distribution. And just like the company’s Formula E racecars, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo has only one forward gear.