Audi E-tron Vision Gran Turismo Comes to Life for Formula E

Ismael LynchApr 10, 2018

Stylistically, the Audi e-tron replicates the Vision Gran Turismo racing Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO model in 1989.

Peter Mertens, the head of Audi R&D, says of the auto: "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". The Audi E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo was originally developed to live in Sony and Polyphony Digital's pixelated PlayStation 4 racing simulator, but now, it's emerged as a real-life vehicle. It is equipped with three electric motors: two on the rear axle, one on the front.

How much of the e-tron Vision GT's design, tech and driving ethos will end up in Audi's electric road cars remains to be seen but, if the answer is any at all, then it can surely be no bad thing. And needless to say, the game's cars have also been modeled to perform realistically and similarly to their real world counterparts. The electric supercar will debut at a Formula E event in Rome on April 14. In our development laboratory motorsport, we are continuously expanding our expertise in e-mobility and gathering valuable experience also in extremely demanding conditions. - Picture courtesy of AudiWOLFSBURG, APRIL 10 - It used to be that driving video games put drivers behind the virtual wheels of vehicle that were on the roads and race tracks around the world, giving them the chance to drive things like Formula 1 cars they'd never be able to get close to in real life. Most Vision GT concepts are just that - concepts.

And Audi borrowed many design elements from the iconic Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO, a auto that dominated the North American IMSA-GTO racing series with drivers like Hans-Joachim Stuck, Walter Röhrl in 1989. Audi chief designer Marc Lichte hints that this vehicle previews what we can expect on future electrified cars from the brand. This vehicle, however, was powered not by three electric motors but by a five-cylinder turbo engine. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo shows that electric mobility at Audi is very emotive. That power-to-weight ratio allows it to get from 0-60 miles per hour in a rapid 2.5 seconds. Total system output is 600 kW (815 hp). At the wheel will either be ex-DTM driver Rahel Frey or ex-Le Mans driver Dindo Capello.

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