Audi has revealed its vision of “the high-performance sports car of tomorrow”, an all-electric concept named the PB18 e-tron.
The car was unveiled at Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, Calif., and is named in recognition of its launch venue and Audi’s R18 e-tron LMP1 car.
Its design is inspired by Audi’s Aicon concept from last year, with similar side windows that angle inwards and extended wheel arches, while the two cars also share electric drive with solid-state batteries.
The PB18 e-tron differs from its predecessor in being designed as a “radical driving machine for the racetrack and road”, according to a statement released by Audi.
The Aicon, meanwhile, was conceived as a long-distance, fully-automated luxury vehicle.
Audi has designed the PB18 e-tron to focus on the driver, with no complex autonomous systems onboard, while the seat and cockpit are integrated into a monocoque shell.
This can be positioned in the center of the interior when driven solo, made possible through the by-wire design of the inputs.
“We want to offer the driver an experience that is otherwise available only in a racing car like the Audi R18,” said Gael Buzyn, head of the Audi Design Loft in Malibu.
“That’s why we developed the interior around the ideal driver’s position in the center.
“Nevertheless, our aim was to also give the PB18 e-tron a high degree of everyday usability, not just for the driver, but also for a potential passenger.”
The car follows a traditional mid-engine design with its cockpit positioned far forward, and the center of gravity located between the seats and rear axle.
A total weight of less than 1550 kg is expected as a result of its lightweight solid-state battery.
It uses three electric motors, with one at the front and two at the rear, producing 500 kW, and a temporary total of 570 kW with boost.
The car will produce 612.2 lb-ft of torque to accelerate from 0-62 mph in little more than two seconds.
The battery has an energy capacity of 95 kWh, and an estimated range of 310 miles, but can be recharged in 15 minutes through a voltage of 800 volts.