September 12, 2011
by Canadian Automotive Review staff
INGOLSTADT, GERMANY: Audi has revealed the urban concept, a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. According to the car maker, the Audi urban concept combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new concept.
The Audi urban concept is not based on any previous model–its development is based on the principles of lightweight construction and efficiency.
The wheels are free-standing, their surrounding protective plates feature blinking strips of LED lights. On board there is room for two people, their position slightly staggered and at a sporty, low level. The cockpit consists of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, which integrates the undercarriage of both seats. The driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals to his own body measurements. The Audi urban concept rolls on wheels with a 21-inch diameter.
In addition to a Sportback model, Audi is also presenting a Spyder variant. Characteristic features of the Spyder include its low, continuous window area and its doors that open diagonally to the top.
Two e-tron electric motors provide the propulsion. A lithium-ion battery supplies the energy–ideal for extended city tours.