Only weeks after the Spyder was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Audi now offers a glimpse of the steps it took to build this version of the e-tron line of electric cars. First, there were sketches. Five months later, the real thing arrived.
There were two stages to build the car; with each stage handling one of the two halves of the car, which were put together just six weeks before the Paris show. Back then, the e-tron was still a clay model.
The model then went into a design freeze after which, the car was then approved for production by the top Audi executives. Audi’s design for this car was inspired by the motorsports world. The body of the car is built with the use of the Audi Space Frame (ASF) technology.
It could be considered a hybrid in itself as it combines aluminum with carbon fiber. Uwe Haller, who is in charge of coordinating the construction of concept vehicles at Audi, said that the designers were the “driving force.”
The e-tron is equipped with a hybrid drive train that comprises a 300 hp twin-turbo V6 TDI powering the rear axle (the first use of a new generation of the engine). It features two electric motors that have a total output of 64 kw (88 hp) delivering power to the front one.