Originally developed exclusively for virtual races for the GT Sport video game for PlayStation 4, the fully electric “Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo” is making the new race car reality in conjunction with Formula E. Starting with the race in Rome on Saturday, April 14, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be deployed as a race taxi.
Audi’s pre-production center developed and produced this one-of-a-kind car within the space of just eleven months based on the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo from the “Gran Turismo” PlayStation game.
Audi has been working together with Sony and Polyphony Digital – the creators of “Gran Turismo” – for nearly 20 years.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, however, is the first concept car of from GT Sport to be deployed to real-world race tracks as a fully functional vehicle.
Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte said *“Although the design of a virtual vehicle allows much greater freedom and the creation of concepts which are only hard to implement in reality, we did not want to put a purely fictitious concept on wheels. Our aim was a fully functional car. This car incorporates numerous elements of our new design language such as the inverted single frame in the vehicle’s color that will be typical for our new e-tronmodels.”
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo has permanent all-wheel drive as well, the fully electric e-tron quattro all-wheel drive with variable power distribution.
Three electric motors, each with output of 200 kW, propel the concept car. Two electric motors drive the rear axle and the third one the front axle, using individual components from the future Audi e-tron. System output is 600 kW (815 hp).
With a curb weight of 1,450 kilograms the electric race car has a power to weight ratio of 1.78 kilograms per horsepower with ideal 50:50 percent weight distribution between the front and the rear axle.
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
The futuristic support car will be deployed at all European Formula E races and numerous other events in 2018.