German luxury automaker Audi has revealed the e-Tron Vision Gran Turismo. The car has been developed exclusively for virtual races on PlayStation 4. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo was created by Audi designers for the 'Vision Gran Turismo' competition was launched on the occasion of the popular game's 15th anniversary. The car will also be deployed at all European Formula E races and numerous other events in 2018.
Speaking about the e-Tron Vision Gran Turismo, Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development, Audi AG said, "E-Mobility is rapidly gaining importance. That is why in 2017 Audi was the first German manufacturer to enter Formula E with a factory-backed commitment. With the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo race taxi we are turning electric mobility into a tangible experience for our customers and guests as part of the Formula E races - in the middle of the world's metropolises."
The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is the first concept car of this range to be deployed to real-world race tracks as a fully functional vehicle. In terms of design, the newly revealed e-Tron Vision Gran Turismo carries the cues and the color of the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO. The car features a combination of systematic lightweight design and Quattro drive paired with a powerful five-cylinder turbo engine.
Under the hood, the car gets three electric motors, each with output of 268 bhp. While the two electric motors drive the rear axle, the third one drives the front axle, using individual components from the future Audi e-tron. All the three electric motors help the e-tron Vision GT to produce a total output of 815 bhp along with permanent all-wheel drive and can do 0-100 kmph sprint in less than 2.5 seconds.
Also, commenting on the car, Marc Lichte- Audi's chief designer said, "This is what we are particularly proud of. Although the design of a virtual vehicle allows much greater freedom and the creation of concepts which are only hard to implement in reality, we did not want to put a purely fictitious concept on wheels. Our aim was a fully functional car. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo shows that electric mobility at Audi is very emotive."