Many motorists perceive the electric car as a necessary compromise that requires sacrificing taste and pleasure on the altar of sustainability. But not all manufacturers agree with this vision, and for some, like Audi, things are exactly the opposite: electric mobility in Ingolstadt is considered an opportunity to enhance the creative and engineering capacity of a brand to unprecedented levels. valuable.
A concept reaffirmed in today’s “remote” press conference organized as part of CES 2021, in which the House of the Four Rings brought the prototype of the e-tron GT, a high-performance sports sedan 100 as an example of its development vision. % electric which will arrive on the roads in this 2021 and which represents for Audi men, “our masterpiece”
Precision of performance
Although extremely simple in form, the electric drive offers a level of performance control considered superior to any other propulsion system, which for Audi means being able to reinterpret even a traditional element such as all-wheel drive with an even broader horizon.
Despite having completely changed the scheme, passing from the classic transmission to the motors on the axle, the new version of the quattro drive is the best that Audi has ever made. In fact, it allows to balance the traction on each axis by creating a refined Torque Vectoring based not on brakes but on active torque, with infinitely greater freedom.
The same conviction emerges from the words of Lucas Di Grassi, a young Brazilian driver on the Audi Sport ABT Team competing in Formula E: “what really distinguishes an electric car is the great precision in managing the torque, not only in acceleration but even when braking. The modular energy recovery gives great stability and a high sense of safety, a completely different way of braking “.
An unprecedented physiognomy
The e-tron GT is also taken as an example on the structural and design level: thanks to the electrical architecture, with batteries in the floor, and the reduced dimensions of the mechanics, the car manages to combine super-sports proportions with space and comfort. touring, all with a center of gravity that is 2.5 inches, over 6 cm, lower than the average of the fast sedans on the market today.
Revolution also constructive
According to Audi, even sustainability does not represent a limit for a luxury manufacturer but a challenge in which to test one’s engineering skills and direct research to offer products with a high perception of quality but with materials with a lower environmental impact (e.g. example by replacing nylon with natural fibers) And rediscovering artisanal processes that are the basis of many of the processes with which the final version of the e-tron GT will be built.
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