Audi explains its plans for a new electric electric supercar, possibly replacing the existing second generation R8, revealing the new PB18 e-Tron concept.
The fast-paced coupe, revealed at the 2018 competition, Elegance in Monterey, CA, and thus the PB18 name, was created in a joint design and engineering program between the newly developed Audi Design Loft based in Malibu, CA, and Audi Sport in Neckarsulm, Germany, in what is billed as a vision for "high performance supercar tomorrow".
In addition to pointing out how Audi looks forward to its supercar of the future, the 764 hp concept will also consider plans from the German vending machine to adopt the latest in Solid State battery technology to radically reduce the weight and improve packaging for its upcoming e-Tron models. Together with a body constructed of aluminum, carbon fiber and plastic composite materials, it is claimed that the new all-wheel drive Audi will weigh less than 341
PB18 e-Tron builds on the styling line that was first established on the Audi Aicon concept, revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, albeit with a more dramatic cab-forward silhouette and an extended cockpit containing tapered rear side windows and a large rear window that together hints on the look of a modern shooting brake.
Key features include a heavily structured leading edge with a bold hexagon shaped grille, large air ducts in the corners, thin laser beam beam and a prominent splitter design for direct air evenly over a flat underpressure.
Further back, the PB18 e-Tron receives large front wheels, a prominent signature to the lower part of the doors, wide windows, window-glass windows, rear cameras and cooling channels within the front of the rear wheels. The wide track of the new car is further emphasized by large 22-inch. wheels, each with eight asymmetrically shaped spikes intended to resemble turbine intake.
The back is dominated by heavily flared wheel arches, a staggered rear window, adjustable rear spoiler element, full width light ribbon and a high-mounted diffuser that can be adjusted downwards to increase downforce.
Developed under the Work Title Level Zero, PB18 e-Tron eliminates all the various autonomous driving features found on the latest Audi concept cars, for a more puristic approach that is intended to place the driver in the thickness of the Action with few comfort-oriented objects.
The decision of full electronic steering, gas and brake features contributes to a variable cockpit design (see image at the bottom of the story) that allows two different driver seats and dashboard positions either to the left of the interior as in a typical car with left drive or in the middle like in a traditional race car.
Audi says the idea of the unique variable le cockpit design was inspired partly by the design of its Le Mans-winning R18 e-Tron quattro LMP1 racing car. It allows the driver to choose between a center position on driving alone or a more conventional driving position that creates limited space on the inside to the right of a passenger.
"We want to offer the driver an experience that is only available in a racing car like the Audi R18," said Gael Buzyn, head of Audi Design Loft. "Therefore, we developed the interior around the ideal driver's position in the city center. Nevertheless, our goal was to give PB18 e-Tron a high level of daily use, not just for the driver but also for a potential passenger."
On 178.3 s. (4.530 mm) in length, 78.7 ins. (2000 mm) in width and 45.3 ins. (1.150 mm) in height, the new Audi concept is 3.9 ins. (100 mm) longer, 2.3 ins. (60 mm) wider and 3.5 ins. (90 mm) shorter than R8. PB18 e-Tron can also boast a 2.0-inch shaft. (50 mm) longer than Ingolstad's flagship supercar of 106.3 ins. (2700 mm).
The shock-like rear end and lack of complicated drive wheel drive results in a trunk of 16.6 cu.ft. (470 l) of cargo space. A tailor-made baggage kit ensures optimum utilization of the room.
The PB18 e-Tron is powered by three electric motors – a front-mounted front axle delivering 201 hp and two rear-end units with 301 hp each. 19659002] The combined system output is 671 hp, but a boost feature enables the driver to connect 764 hp for short periods of full throttle acceleration, giving it an optimal weight-to-effect ratio of 4.5 lbs / hp. Torque peaks of 413 lb.-ft. (560 Nm).
By comparison, the most powerful of Audi's second generation R8 models drives a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter gasoline V-10 that delivers 602 hp and 413 lb.ft. of torque.
The heady reserve is combined with all-wheel drive to give the new Audi concept a theoretical 0-62 mph (100 km / h) time that Audi describes as "just over two seconds." The automaker has not yet quoted a top speed for PB18, although it confirms that it exceeds 186 mph (300 km / h), saying that the driver can vary it according to the conditions of a move to extend the range.
Energy for the three engines comes from a liquid cooled solid state battery with a capacity of 95 kWh. Fitted under the trunk at the back, it claims to provide a maximum of 311 miles (501 km) on the latest European Testing Cycle.
With 800V compatibility, Audi claims that the PB18 e-Tron battery can be fully charged for about 15 minutes. It can also be charged wirelessly via induction with the Audi Wireless Charging system.
Audi's latest concept is based on its suspension system inspired by its R18 e-Tron Quattro LMP1 racing car with independent lower and upper transverse control arms, a push-pull system at the front and a rear-mounted rear rack rear end, each equipped with variable magnetic drive.