Ever wanted the electric racecar of your gamer-dreams to become a reality? Look no further than the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, which just jumped straight out of your Playstation 4 and onto the Formula E racetrack.
Last weekend I joined Audi Sport and Autovolt Magazine in the eternal city, to watch the Rome EPrix and also see the e-tron Vision GT for the first time in the metal/carbon fibre, as it took to the street circuit to deliver some silent hotlaps and look generally awesome around the paddock with THAT rear-wing.
This unique vehicle was produced in just eleven months, inspired by the Audi e-tron Vision GT from the PlayStation game Gran Turismo.
Originally the design was part of the game’s 15th anniversary competition Vision Gran Turismo, in which many manufacturers designed virtual cars. Despite multiple manufacturers following up with life-size versions of their Vision Gran Turismo concepts, the Audi e-tron Vision GT is the first of these concept cars to be used on real racing tracks
“This is what we are particularly proud of,” says Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte. “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. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo shows that electric mobility at Audi is very emotive. 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-tron models.”
Inspired in part by the design and colour palette of the iconic Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO, the Audi e-tron Vision GT features a fully electric all-wheel drive with variable power distribution and three 200kW electric motors. With a curb weight of 1,450KG and output of 600kW, the 815hp racecar boasts 50:50 percent weight distribution and is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h (60mph) in less than 2.5 seconds.
“E-Mobility is rapidly gaining importance,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG. “That is why in 2017 Audi was the first German manufacturer to enter Formula E with a factory-backed commitment. In our development laboratory motorsport, we are continuously expanding our expertise in e-mobility and gathering valuable experience also in extremely demanding conditions. With the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo race taxi we are turning electric mobility into a tangible experience for our customers and guests as part of the Formula E races – in the middle of the world’s metropolises.”
We can expect to see this stunning beast at upcoming Formula E events, where it will be used as a race taxi for guests, as well as some other upcoming events. Or maybe we can hope for a lap record attempt?
Audi have certainly been playing catch-up when it comes to EVs, but this beauty is perhaps the bang (or wooooosh) they needed ahead of the launch of their fully electric e-tron road car at the end of this year.
Which circuits would you like to see the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo conquer? And which electric racecars would you like to hear more about? Let me know in the comments!