Audi is a company that has a great tradition behind and it is a must have to continue the impressive work. So, here they are again, this time with a new Audi TT concept, an ultra lightweight variant of the current generation of the TT. Plans are for this vehicle to be introduced this year in Worthersee.
The Audi TT Quattro concept takes its power from a 2.0-liter, 4 cylinder TFSI turbocharged engine that can produce 310 HP (228 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). Audi thought that a reduction in weight was necessary so the vehicle now has just 1,111 kg (2,449 lbs). It has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.6 kg/hp and needs 4.2 seconds (1.3s quicker) until it reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) and a maximum speed of 173.98 mph (280 km/h). Unlike the base model, this one is 43 kg (94.8 lbs) lighter. However, adding the optimized detachable body parts, the loss of weight goes up to 100 kg (220.4 lbs). The manufacturer used carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the rear end, B-pillars, roof and center tunnel. They have also used magnesium for the floor and as hinge reinforcement. The vehicle is equipped with large spoilers that sit on the rear wing’s base that works as a supporting element. It is made of aluminum and carbon. The inside seats also help in reducing weight. Being borrowed from the R8 T, the bucket seats are made from fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) chassis.
The Audi TT Quattro concept is gifted with the same electric windows, air conditioning and the electromechanical parking brake, though a main priority was creating a very light concept. The concept benefits from compact cameras that replace the usual exterior mirrors. And in order to contribute to the weight reduction, the car has been equipped with front ceramic disc brakes with fixed aluminum caliper, titanium exhaust and 20 kg (44 lbs) lighter alloys. With this vehicle Audi has adopted an intelligent mix of materials according to the motto: the right amount of the right material in the right place.
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