The urban concept – a completely new kind of concept car from the brand of Four Rings.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug. 10, 2011
Meet the Audi Urban Concept.
Audi as a player in the urban BEV marketplace? The eTron is generating plenty of “Buzz” for the future performance BEV owner but what has been missing is something like an A1 only electrified as a future inner city vehicle. Small yet safe. Powerful yet sustainable. Agile yet people friendly. That is what Audi’s Urban Concept is all about. And did I mention it looks cute AND cool at the same time
Audi Urban Concept Overview
The urban concept is a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The technical study, which will be shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September and does not fit under any of the conventional categories – 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 solely oriented on the strict principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. The result is a concept car with no unnecessary weight, and one that concentrates on the pure essence of sporty motion.
The Audi urban concept has a sleek body. The wheels are free-standing, their surrounding protective plates feature blinking strips of LED lights. The highly concentrated look of the technical study, with its forward-urging lines, is dynamic and emotional – it lends Audi’s design language a completely new impetus.
On board there is room for two people, their position slightly staggered and at a sporty, low level. All controls and materials are subject to the dictates of ultra-lightweight construction in order to ensure a sensory allure. Yes, Audi created that one, not me
The driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals to his own body measurements. The roof is designed to be maneuverable and slides to the rear to open which enables entry to the car. Not so good when it is raining however?
The technology in the Audi urban concept reflects the full capabilities of what Audi has created, especially when it comes to ultra-lightweight construction. The cockpit consists of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, which integrates the undercarriage of both seats. The Audi urban concept rolls on wheels with a 21-inch diameter.
Two e-tron electric motors provide the propulsion – providing the ultra-light Audi urban concept with the ability to accelerate powerfully. A Li-Ion battery supplies the energy – ideal for extended city tours.
Cool, fun, quick but probably not practical for the average Audi owner… Just yet.