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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The latest Audi's shape-shifting roadster concept

Even though the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging all over the world, the world's automotive industry currently looks vibrant and excited, this is indicated by the proliferation of new high-tech automotive products launched by the automotive industry players. As recently, Audi AG, a German automaker, officially introduced its future electric-powered convertible sports car concept called the Audi skysphere concept, on Friday, August 13, 2021.
The Audi skysphere concept shows how the brand is redefining luxury in the future. (Picture from: Audi Media-Center)
As qouted of the CNN, the German manufacturer said that the Audi skysphere concept was designed for two different driving experiences, namely a grand touring and sporty experiences and inspired by the Horch 853 (the 1930s roadster). It can be realized due to the use of the spectacular variable wheelbase technical features to complement of its advance autonomous driving technology, plus another advance features such the automatic parking and independent battery charging systems. 
The Audi skysphere concept's grille is actually an LED light display. (Picture from: CNN)
As a future vehicle concept with all the sophistication digital features, the Audi skysphere concept then makes its interior as an interactive space thanks to an advance digital ecosystem. Well, only with one soft touch of the button, the driver immediately chooses the driving experience according to his choice, because the Audi's sports car concept has provided two driving options, namely "Sport" and "Grand Touring".
The Audi skysphere concept was inspired by the 1930s Horch 853. (Picture from: CNN)
The application of electric motor technology and advanced mechanisms, allowing the body and frame components of the car to vary the wheelbase and exterior length of the car by up to 250 millimeters from end-to-end. At the same time, the vehicle's ground clearance can also be adjusted up to 10 millimeters to improve driving dynamic and comforts. All this is possible because the Audi skysphere concept is an electric car powered by a motor that's mounted behind the seats. That means there's not much under the hood to get in the way as the front end moves forward and backward.
The Audi skysphere concept's hood moves backward to make the car shorter for sportier driving. (Picture from: CNN)
As the driver selects the 'Sports' driving mode option, the wheelbase is automatically reduced, while the rear-wheel drive ensures that the vehicle remains extremely agile despite the reduced dimensions. Or if the driver chooses to drive in the 'Grand Touring' mode, then the Audi skysphere concept's computer system will automatically take over the steering system to then drive the vehicle autonomously and direct it to its previous mentioned destination safely, because the sensor system automatically then keep an eye on the road and traffic around the vehicle.
The Audi skysphere concept interior upholstery made in sustainably produced microfiber fabric. (Picture from: Audi Media-Center)
In this mode, the steering wheel and pedals move inward until they are no longer visible, so the driver and car passengers can enjoy they ride while enjoying the sky and the scenery in comfort due to the provision of maximum legroom, and the services offered by the seamlessly integrated digitally ecosystem. As explained by Henrik Wenders, the Audi AG Head of Brand, likely it was a whole new driving experience for such sporty convertible.

Actually the almost similar technology is ever applied by other German automotive companies Mercedes-Benz back in 2015 with the Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) and the Renault of French automotive companies through the Renault Morphoz Concept in the 2020.
The Audi skysphere concept is the name of the electric-powered, two-door convertible whose lines lead directly to the Audi design of tomorrow. (Picture from: Audi Media-Center)
The Audi skysphere concept has electric drive components between the front axle and windshield, such as a DC/DC charger and converter, plus actuators and other electronic devices. "New technologies such as electrification, digitization and autonomous driving systems," says Gael Buzyn, the Audi's design project manager. It no wonder, if its 465 kilowatts of power and 750 Newton meters of torque feels so light to push a roadster have weight of 1,800 kilograms to run faster on the streets.
Likely, the Audi skysphere concept was a whole new driving experience for such sporty convertible. (Picture from: Audi Media-Center)
The Audi skysphere roadster concept has the battery module especially positioned behind the cabin, assisted by about 60 percent of the powerful weight distribution on the rear axle provides traction and acceleration which is claimed to be the ideal configuration for the car's center of gravity and agility, no wonder if it capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph within four seconds.

Furthermore, the modules can be found in between the seats in the middle of the Audi skysphere interior other positions by chosen to support the vehicle dynamics. Its battery capacity is expected to be more than 80 kWh, providing a cruising range more than 500 kilometers in accordance with the standard WLTP, at least more economical in the GT mode.
Audi skysphere active suspension plays a key role in the versatility of the car's handling characteristics. While it run, each wheel could be raised or lowered selectively to compensate for unevenness and undulation in the road surface as the resulting of the symbiosis between the navigation system's digital prediction and the advanced active chassis actuation and control system.
While for its legs, the German manufacturer embed four aerodynamic-style alloy 23 inches sized rims, wrapped in 285/30 tires so it can produce the perfect balance between the suitability for remote trips thanks to minimal rolling resistance with sporty and active driving styles with high longitudinal and lateral acceleration. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUDI MEDIA-CENTER | CNN ]
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