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Audi Urban Concept preview

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Following this past weekend's spy shots of the new urban concept caught on a film set in Berlin, Audi has released a set of sketches of the all-new 1+1-seat vehicle set for its global unveiling in Frankfurt.

Claimed to combine the ‘elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car' the concept exploits new lightweight manufacturing processes. Its cockpit is made from carbonfiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and it features free-standing, low-rolling resistance 21-inch wheels with protective plates. Though Audi says the concept is not based on any previous model, it is easy to compare the vehicle to the 1L and the L1 in concept if not aesthetic and powertrain execution; a lithium-ion battery supplies power to two e-tron electric motors.

Inside, occupants are seated low to the ground in a staggered seating arrangement - not in tandem as with the 1L and L1. Though the seats don't move, the driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals to suit. Entry is granted via the tailgate while the roof is designed to be maneuverable and slides to the rear to open. Audi claims the controls and materials have all been chosen because of their ultra-lightweight qualities.