Audi’s e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is an all-electric concept car that resides in the world of virtual reality. More specifically, it is one of the cars that could be played in the popular PlayStation game “Gran Turismo.” Now, it is possible to see the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car in real life, when you watch Formula E races.
A result of the collaboration between Audi and Gran Turismo creators Sony and Polyphony Digital, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo was created by talented Audi designers exclusively for the “Vision Gran Turismo” contest that was part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Gran Turismo. Other carmakers also took part in the contest and had their designers develop virtual race cars.
Interestingly, several of the Vision Gran Turismo cars – including the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo -- were consequently built as full-scale models and presented at a number of shows. However, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is the first to be deployed to real-world race tracks as a fully functional car. It will be making its race track debut in Rome on April 14, to be deployed as a race taxi for the Formula E event. From there, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be making its appearance in other Formula E’s city circuits in 2018.
As a race taxi, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is making its jump from the virtual world to reality. Its main task will be to ferry customers and guests of the Audi brand with the four rings in the Formula E circuits. It will be driven by either former DTM driver Rahel Frey (Switzerland) or Le Mans winner Dindo Capello (Italy). Thus, from a fictitious driving machine that could be played in a game, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is now a real functional vehicle that passengers could enjoy during Formula E events.
Developed and produced by Audi’s employees at its pre-production center, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo only needed 11 months to transition from virtual reality to an actual futuristic model. It adopted the design elements and color of the legendary Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO, which was also considered a futuristic car around 30 years ago.
As an actual functional car, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo features fully electric e-tron quattro all-wheel drive with variable power distribution. It is propelled by three electric motors with individual outputs of 200 kW – one driving the front axle and two propelling the rear axle. Thanks to a total system output of 600 kW (815 hp) and curb weight of 1,450 kilograms, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo boasts of a power to weight ratio of 1.78 kilograms per horsepower. Furthermore, it boasts of a perfect 50:50 front-rear weight distribution. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo could sprint from nil to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds.