Audi has officially pulled the wraps off the Audi Urban Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. This is the first time the full version has been shown to the public, in the flesh, as opposed to the various renderings and spy images that have been revealed.
The Audi Urban Concept is all about showcasing possibilities for personal mobility of the future. Although it's not a single-seater, with one passenger seat offset behind the driver, the Urban Concept is very small using a lightweight (480kg total) carbon fibre structure, suspended by unique 21-inch outboard wheels.
The Audi Urban Concept is powered by a 7.1kWh electric powertrain consisting of two electric motors combined to produce 15kW of power and 47Nm of torque. Audi says the Urban Concept is able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 16.9 seconds, and offers a full-charge range of around 73km. Audi recently spoke about the concept, saying,
"How much car is necessary to deliver driving pleasure and urban mobility in an entirely new way? This question was the starting point for the Audi Urban Concept."A model of a sailplane was in the studio during the development process as an example of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction - of the principle of 'less is more'."
Audi says that using a 400-volt three-phase rapid charging system, the Urban Concept can be fully recharged in just 20 minutes, or one hour using a conventional household 240V socket.