German manufacturer Audi has revealed the highlight of its efforts at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the unveiling of the Audi e-tron, a high-performance sports car with a purely electric drive system.
Four motors, two each at the front and rear axles, drive the wheels, making the concept car a true Audi quattro.
Producing 230kW of power and an absurd sounding 4500Nm of torque, the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, and from 60 to 120km/h in 4.1 seconds.
The lithium-ion battery provides a truly usable energy content of 42.4 kilowatt-hours to enable a range of approximately 248 kilometres.
Revealing the Audi e-tron the company said the performance figures were by no means the only evidence of the consistent and holistic strategy.
The design makes it clear that the e-tron belongs in the major leagues of sports cars, and the package takes into account the specific realities of an electric vehicle.
The battery is directly behind the passenger cabin for an optimal centre of gravity and axle load distribution.
The e-tron is able to freely distribute the powerful torque of its four electric motors to the wheels as required.
Audi says this so-called torque vectoring allows for dazzling dynamics and an undreamed-of level of agility and precision when cornering.
Audi has taken a new and in some cases revolutionary approach to many of the technical modules.
A heat pump is used to efficiently warm up and heat the interior.
The drive system, the power electronics and the battery are controlled by an innovative thermal management system that is a crucial component for achieving the car’s range without compromising its high level of interior comfort.
At the same time Audi says that networking the vehicle electronics with the surroundings, which is referred to as car-to-x communication, opens new dimensions for the optimisation of efficiency, safety and convenience.