The PlayStation Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo Concept Car (from the game Gran Turismo) has been made into a real life useable electric car.
This is the first time a concept car has been developed for a game and then produced and used for the real world.
Audi developed and produced this car within 11 months.
It is being used as a race taxi in this seasons Formula E.
Audi customers and guests will get to experience Formula E city race circuits in the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, starting with this weekends race in Rome.
This is what we are particularly proud of,” says Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte. “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. Our aim was a fully functional car. The Audi e-tronVision 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 colour that will be typical for our new e-tron models.”
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo has 3 electric motors. 2 electric motors drive the rear wheels and one electric motor powers the two front wheels. Each motor produces 200Kw.
We Blog Any Car stats:
- Electric e-tron Quattro All wheel drive
- 815 hp
- 1,450 kg weight
- 2.5 seconds 0-62 mph
“E-Mobility is rapidly gaining importance,” says Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, AUDI AG. “That is why in 2017 Audi was the first German manufacturer to enter Formula E with a factory-backed commitment. In our development laboratory motorsport, we are continuously expanding our expertise in e-mobility and gathering valuable experience also in extremely demanding conditions. 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.”
We Blog Any Car thoughts….
The fact that the car manufacturers work very closely with the video gaming world, I always thought that this would happen some day.
I didn’t think it would happen so soon!
Well done to Audi.
I guess the next step would be a production road car using the same process.
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