Audi plans to focus on weight savings

Posted on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 , 08:06:01 byEmil

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Audi plans to focus on weight savings

There are lot of talk involving the high performance automakers from Europe coming up with brand new solutions for meeting the continent's requirements for emissions for 2012. So, the manufacturers like Lamborghini and Ferrari have their own style of cutting the output of C02 with hybrid propulsion experimental systems.

The 4 ringed auto builder from Germany, Audi, has now a plan - weight reduction. Some new spy shots show a prototype Audi S5 weighting in 4 hundred kg (meaning 881 pounds) lighter even than the present production unit.

Michael Dick - Director of Technical Development, says the priorities of Audi are 'hybrid and electric power trains and lightweight construction for the next-generation version of Audi’s MLP (modular longitudinal platform)'. Its powered by a 4-cylinder 230 HP engine, lapping the Nürburgring 8 seconds faster than its siblings - V8 powered. And Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at AUDI AG, affirms 'in order to fulfill future Co2 regulations the Audi top management has given a research assignment regarding a lightweight Audi S5. The prototype is ready by now. To achieve a reduced weight the, V8 has been replaced by the 2.0 TFSI engine (as known in the Audi S3 265HP, 350NM). Combined with a different material mix, weight is reduced by 400KG. All in total the performance specs are matching the actual S5 V8 numbers. Co2 output and fuel consumption do not have public measurement status yet, of course they are reduced more than significant. Now it is up to the customers if or not they are willing to accept a engine downsize within this class'. Colin Chapman - Lotus founder and late great F1 world Champion Chapman once said 'Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere'.