News Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: Applying the VGT Formula to Formula E

21:11  10 april  2018
21:11  10 april  2018 Source:   caranddriver.com

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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.”

Originally, Audi only intended the E - tron Vision Gran Turismo for the virtual world of PlayStation 4. But now the automaker has decided to bring the “ Gran

The first battery-electric Audi production vehicle is set to launch as the e-tron Quattro SUV in late 2018, but select customers and guests will have the chance to experience Audi’s electric capabilities before that on the racetrack this spring in the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo (VGT). First shown as a concept car for the PlayStation 4 video game Gran Turismo Sport, Audi’s imaginative creation has been turned into event-car reality for the 2018 Formula E circuit. It will serve as an experiential race taxi at races this season, starting at the Formula E race in Rome on Saturday, April 14.

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Audi e - tron Vision Gran Turismo . Audi has jumped into the EV fray with a purely electric-powered racecar for the future. And just like the company's Formula E racecars, the Audi e - tron Vision Gran Turismo has only one forward gear.

Audi originally designed the ‘ e - tron Vision Gran Turismo ’ as a virtual car for the ‘ Gran Turismo ’ video game on PlayStation 4, but the German automaker announced today that it made a real version of the all-electric race car to act as a race taxi for upcoming Formula E races.

The e-tron VGT was designed for the Vision Gran Turismo competition that started in 2013 as part of an exercise to celebrate the popular racing-simulator video game’s 15th anniversary. Numerous cars were dreamed up to fit the format, including the Honda Sports VGT, the Bugatti VGT, and the Mercedes-Benz AMG VGT, and some were physically built for show purposes. But none has been seen in action on a real-life racetrack, and Audi wanted to change that.

a car driving on a road: Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: Applying the VGT Formula to Formula E© Tony Markovich Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo: Applying the VGT Formula to Formula E

Audi is calling the e-tron VGT a “fully functional vehicle,” but that doesn’t mean anybody will be able to take a test drive. Former DTM driver Rahel Frey and three-time Le Mans winner Dindo Capello will take turns behind the wheel at the races and dish out rides for a few lucky patrons.

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PlayStation 4 virtuality turns into reality - The all -electric Audi e - tron Vision Gran Turismo is out now! The new race taxi will be on the Formula E track

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Calling it fully functional doesn’t quite paint the full picture of the e-tron VGT. This is a real race car, and its design takes cues from the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO car of the late 1980s. There are three electric motors, each making 268 horsepower. Two of the motors power the rear wheels, while the third is attached to the front axle. That powertrain is tasked with moving a claimed 3197 pounds, split evenly front to rear. Audi estimates the car can scoot from zero to 62 mph in a blistering 2.5 seconds.

a close up of a car: Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo© Provided by Car and Driver Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

Don’t expect to see the car in action in the United States, as thus far Audi has only confirmed it will go into action at the European Formula E races. The hot-lap machine is expected to make appearances at other events as well, but details on where have yet to be announced. The next, first, and only U.S. Formula E races of the 2018 season are in Brooklyn, New York, the weekend of July 14 and 15. There, fans will be able to see cars from the teams Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, MS + AD Andretti, DS Virgin Racing, Dragon, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Mahindra Racing, NIO Formula E Team, Renault e.dams, Techeetah, and Venturi Formula E.

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Audi e - tron Vision Gran Turismo . Audi is making electromobility an extremely thrilling experience with a purely electric-powered racing car of the future. Similar to the Ingolstadt manufacturer’s Formula E race cars, the Audi e - tron Vision Gran Turismo has only one forward gear.

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