Audi BP 18 e-tron bows at Mon­terey

The Peterborough Examiner - - Wheels -

For the first time, Audi pre­sented a de­sign and tech­ni­cal con­cept car dur­ing the Peb­ble Beach Au­to­mo­tive Week in Mon­terey, Cal­i­for­nia.

The all-elec­tric Audi PB 18 e-tron presents a rad­i­cal vi­sion for the high-per­for­mance sports car of to­mor­row.

Broad and flat, vis­i­bly in­spired by the wind tun­nel and the racetrack, its very pres­ence sig­nals that it is des­tined to push bound­aries.

The ab­bre­vi­ated name “PB 18 e-tron” refers both to the Peb­ble Beach venue for the pre­miere and to the tech­no­log­i­cal DNA it shares with the suc­cess­ful LMP1 rac­ing car Audi R18 e-tron.

In the Audi PB 18 e-tron, the driver is the one steer­ing and step­ping on the ac­cel­er­a­tor or brake pedal.

There are there­fore no com­plex sys­tems for pi­loted driv­ing on board and no com­fort fea­tures to add weight. In their place are a driver’s seat and cockpit that are in­te­grated into an in­ner mono­coque shell that can be slid lat­er­ally.

When driven solo, the mono­coque can be po­si­tioned in the cen­ter of the in­te­rior as in a mono­posto – the per­fect lo­ca­tion for the racetrack.

This is made pos­si­ble not least by the by­wire de­sign of the steer­ing and ped­als; a me­chan­i­cal con­nec­tion of the con­trol el­e­ments is not needed.

When the driver’s mono­coque is slid into the side po­si­tion, from where the PB 18 etron can be steered in ev­ery­day driv­ing like a con­ven­tional road ve­hi­cle, there is room for a pas­sen­ger.

An ad­di­tional seat can be ac­cessed on the other side in­te­grated low above the ground and equipped with a three-point seat­belt.

The driver also ben­e­fits when get­ting in and out from the eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble out­side po­si­tion of the mono­coque, which can be moved when the door is open up to the sill.

The con­cept uses three pow­er­ful elec­tric mo­tors – one up front and two in the rear.

The lat­ter are cen­trally lo­cated be­tween the steer­ing knuck­les, each di­rectly driv­ing one wheel via half-shafts. The com­bined torque of up to 830 new­ton me­tres (612.2 lb/ ft) al­lows ac­cel­er­a­tion from 0-100 km/h (62.1 mph) in scarcely more than two sec­onds – a speed that dif­fers only marginally from that of a cur­rent LMP1 pro­to­type.

In nor­mal road traf­fic, the driver can limit the max­i­mum speed in favour of range. This lim­i­ta­tion is easy to de­ac­ti­vate on the racetrack and can be adapted to lo­cal con­di­tions.

Audi’s high per­for­mance all-elec­tric PB 18 e-tron was shown to the world dur­ing car week at Mon­terey Cal­i­for­nia.

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