Audi e-tron concept launched at Detroit

Posted on Friday, 15 January 2010 , 10:01:06 byEmil

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Audi e-tron concept launched at Detroit

Audi has a serious problem with the people responsible for giving names to their cars. I am going to tell you about the ``Detroit showcar Audi e-tron``. Could have they come up with a more horrible name? Leaving aside the stupid name, the car shown in the pictures below is practically a new revision of the Audi e-tron concept, which made its world debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Well, the new version of the Audi e-tron is a two seat concept built around the ASF lightweight aluminum space frame developed by Audi. The new Audi e-tron concept features a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hybrid body that allows the car to weigh only 2976 lbs or 1350 kilograms. The revised Audi e-tron concept is said to ``provide a vision of how a small sports car positioned below the R8 could look like``. So, practically, it is an electric version of the Audi R8. Or, maybe, an electric sports car positioned between the Audi TT and the Audi R8. Anyway, the Audi R8 is practically a flat version of the Audi TT in terms of design, so might as well have something between the two in the lineup of models.

The first Audi e-tron that was presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show had a height of 1230 millimeters, a length of 4260 millimeters and a width of 1900 millimeters. The revised Audi e-tron concept that has been unveiled in Detroit has a height of 1220 millimeters (10 millimeters less), a width of 1780 millimeters (120 millimeters less) and a length of 3930 millimeters (330 millimeters less). As you can see, the revised Audi e-tron is much more compact than the initial compact. But what happens when we compare it to the Audi TT? Well, the Audi TT has a length of 4170 millimeters, so the new Audi e-tron is shorter even than the Audi TT.

The new Audi e-tron concept gets its power from two electric motors that drive the rear wheels and can operate independently. In comparison, the first version of the Audi e-tron got its power from four electric motors, two at each axle. According to the German automaker, the revised Audi e-tron benefits from a combined output of 204 horsepower and 2650 Nm of torque. Thanks to all this power, the much more compact Audi e-tron manages to reach an electronically limited maximum speed of 200 km/h while going from 60 to 120 km/h in 5.1 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.

The lithium ion batteries are mid mounted and weigh 399 kilograms. The lithium ion batteries can be fully charged through a 230v household outlet in approximately 11 hours but the German automaker is claiming that a heavy current can cut the time to about two hours (a 400 volts, 32 amperes high current). The lithium ion batteries offer a driving range of about 250 kilometers.