While originally conceived for the virtual world, Audi has built the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo Concept, which will be used for ‘race taxi’ duties during European Formula E events beginning with this weekend’s round in Rome.
The German manufacturer has revealed that the all-electric concept, designed for the popular Gran Turismo Playstation video game series, has since been produced for real-world usage, following an 11-month development process at Audi’s pre-production center.
Featuring three electric motors, each with an output of 200 kW through variable power distribution, the all-wheel drive e-tron Vision can produce the equivalent of 815 horsepower and accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
“Although the design of a virtual vehicle allows much greater freedom and the creation of concepts which are only hard to implement in reality, we did not want to put a purely fictitious concept on wheels,” said Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte.
“Our aim was a fully functional car.
“The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo shows that electric mobility at Audi is very emotive. This car incorporates numerous elements of our new design language such as the inverted single frame in the vehicle’s color that will be typical for our new e-tron models.”
The one-of-a-kind concept car will be deployed at the European Formula E events in Rome, Paris, Berlin and Zurich, with Dindo Capello and Rahel Frey set to provide guests and Audi customers with rides around the street circuits.
It comes on the heels of Audi’s first official season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with Daniel Abt claiming the manufacturer’s maiden victory in Mexico City last month.
“In our development laboratory motorsport, we are continuously expanding our expertise in e-mobility and gathering valuable experience also in extremely demanding conditions,” said Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development for Audi AG.
“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.”