Last September, one of our editor already posted about the Audi e-Tron concept which is a high performance sports coupe with a full electric drive system. It looks like the Audi R8 but smaller.You can view it again by click the link below.
Today, I would like to post again about the Audi e-Tron but with more details and information and the new picture from the LA Auto Show.It is really hard to believe if you heard that a car has four engines but it is also an eco-friendly car or zero emission car.For me it is really a smart and cool car.With any luck it will go from concept to production and manage to retain 75% of the looks and know-how of this cutting-edge machine.
The e-Tron has four engines that produce 313hp (230kw) and 3,319.03 lb-ft (4,500 Nm) of Torque.That figures are true.From that figures, we can tell you that the e-Tron’s lithium-ion battery is a beast as well. Its range according to Audi is about 248km.It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Despite the four engines, the car’s total weight is only around 3,500 lbs. To put that into perspective, Audi’s supercar which is the incredible R8 tips the scale over 100 lbs heavier at 3,605 lbs.But the things that’s not so cool is that the top speed is limited to 200km/h.
One of the coolest things for me are those Audi LED headlamps.These headlamps have a fully automatic light assistance system, basically a headlamp adjustment system that’s smarter than most drivers. It adapts to weather, traffic, speed and ambient light and even does mood lighting. But, here’s an example of why I said that the LED headlamps is cool. Okay, Imagine you’re driving along a winding, dark road and suddenly you see an oncoming driver. Because you’re not an idiot, you turn off your high beams to avoid blinding the guy. But, where you’re not an idiot, this guy is clearly cut from different cloth. If the guy in the oncoming car were driving an e-Tron, the car would automatically turn off the high beams in the corresponding section of the illumination field – that’s the section of the illumination field shining directly into your eyes. The guy’s an idiot- but the car is pure genius.
A set of 19″ wheels (235/35 up front and 295/30 in the rear) – to handle all that beastly torque being laid down by those electric motors.
As you look closer, you’ll see the dashboard is not run of the mill either. Audi showcases a fold out central display with integrated multi media interface, flanked by two analog gauges. The left tells the driver how much power is being drawn and the right is the speedometer. If you noticed the rear view mirror is a camera with the monitor just inside.So cool.
Audi engineers placed the batteries in front of the rear axle to optimize the axle load distribution without swelling the compact dimensions of the car or going into the interior space. The front electric motors are mounted on the front axle with the cooling systems situated in front of them. This arrangement allowed them to finagle a 42:58 weight distribution.