Audi urban concept car emphasizes composites use

Audi joins other automakers with development of an all-electric, carbon fiber composites-intensive vehicle designed for urban use.

Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) on Sept. 11 introduced its new urban concept, a 1+1-seat, ultralight car for congested urban spaces. The car is being presented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. In addition to a Sportback model, Audi is also presenting a Spyder variant.

The technology in the Audi urban concept reflects the full capabilities of the brand, especially when it comes to ultra-lightweight construction. The cockpit consists of carbon fiber composites, 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 lithium-ion battery supplies the energy.

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 wheels are free-standing, their surrounding protective plates feature blinking strips of LED lights.

Inside there is room for two people, their position slightly staggered and at a low level. All controls and materials are subject to the dictates of ultra-lightweight construction in order to ensure that the sensory experience they convey is unique and compelling. The driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals to his own body measurements. Characteristic features of the Spyder include its low, continuous window area and its doors that open diagonally to the top.