The Never-Ending Saga Of The Audi E-Tron Continues

Audi E Tron 2018

To be driven at the Formula E and other similar events by DTM driver Rahel Frey or Le Mans victor Dindo Capello, the e-tron Vision is to be used by Audi as another show vehicle portraying what future Audi customers can expect from the future e-tron range.

"E-Mobility is rapidly gaining importance", says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG.

Want a ride? Starting at the first Formula E race in Rome on April 14, the e-tron Vision will begin shuttling lucky passengers to the races as part of Audi's commitment to the series.

According to the German automaker, the E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo relies on three electric motors (two in the back, one in the front), each producing 268 horsepower, with total system output pegged at 815 hp.

Electric cars are very quickly becoming the most exciting part of the auto industry, and nowhere is that clearer than with Audi's e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept.

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It also hints at possible plans by Audi to bolster its presence in the supercar ranks with a new performance based e-tron model that, Ingolstadt insiders suggest, could compliment the R8 with pure electric drive.

The colour scheme matches that of the e-tron prototype, while there are nods to classic Audi racers in the box-flared wheel arches, aero-style wheels and prominent "quattro" branding. The E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo weighs a little less than 3,200 pounds, and the weight distribution is said to be ideal 50:50. Will the vehicle ever make it into production or is it just more vaporware from Ingolstadt? "Our aim was a fully functional auto", explained Audi's chief designer Marc Lichte. With a peak power of 600kW and a 1450kg kerb weight, Audi says it'll hit 100km/h in less than 2.5 seconds. Then Porsche was tasked with developing the Mission E battery electric sedan and the Audi E-Tron faded into the background.

It will debut in Rome on April 14 and will be driven by either former DTM driver Rahel Frey from Switzerland or Le Mans victor Dindo Capello from Italy.

This marks the latest exciting update for Sony's PlayStation 4 exclusive, which originally debuted on October 17, 2017.

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