Audi Vision Gran Turismo
The Audi Vision Gran Turismo, developed by Audi Design exclusively for the “Vision Gran Turismo” competition, came in both hybrid and fully-electric versions. Launched on the 15th anniversary of Gran Turismo, these exciting race machines offer a look into the future of motorsports.
The hybrid Audi Gran Turismo is equipped with e-tron quattro, making it all-wheel-drive. It borrows the same technology as the 2012 Le Mans-winning racecar, which featured motor-driven front wheels and a conventional rear-wheel setup. The front wheels of the Audi Vision Gran Turismo is powered by a 400 kW (536 HP) motor (MGU-K) that recovers energy when braking. The rear tires are powered by a turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 that produces 550 kW (737 HP), making total output an impressive 950 kW (1274 HP), which is more than many of today’s LMP1 hybrid racers. It comes mated to a sequential 7-speed gearbox actuated by paddles on the steering wheel. The power-to-weight ratio for the Audi Vision Gran Turismo is less than one kilogram per horsepower.
The new racecar is reminiscent of the Audi 90 IMSA GTO, which thrilled fans in the North American IMSA GTO racing series in 1989 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.
You can tell the all-electric version from the hybrid by the wheels: the former comes with 18-inchers all around, while the hybrid racecar has 20-inch wheels in front with 21-inch examples at the rear.