Saturday, September 26, 2009

Audi e-tron Concept: the design

The official release and sketches that document the design process of the Audi e-tron Concept, the 2-seater sportscar that showcases the company's technologies for the development of future electric models.
The trapeze of the single- frame grille dominates the front end and is flanked by two large air intakes.
A new design element unique to the e-tron are the air intakes in the single-frame grille and in front of the rear wheel wells.
They are closed flush under normal circumstances and opened by means of flaps when additional cooling air is required. The concept car has a low drag coefficient, which gets even better when the flaps are closed.
The vehicle body is compact. The sweeping line of the front end and the flat curved roof immediately identify the two-seater as an Audi. The contours of the flanks are familiar.
The e-tron is 1.90 meters (74.80 in) wide, just 4.26 meters (167.72 in) long and 1.23 meters (48.43 in) tall – the proportionsof a supercar.
The body structure is based on Audi Space Frame (ASF)technology and was realized as a hybrid construction. All add-on parts – doors, covers, sidewalls and roof – are made of a fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP).
Characteristic for the concept of the Audi e-tron is the near totalelimination of switches and small components such as the ignition.
The racing-inspired lightweight bucket seats combine excellent lateral support with comfort.

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