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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Here's the AI:RACE touted as the answer to Audi's future for sports vehicles and special racing-purposed ones

~Future Sports EV~ As we know, this is one of the charming designs made by Audi was shown for the first time at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California at the end of 2019, which was then called the Audi PB18 e-tron concept, now changed as the Audi AI:RACE. Although it was still presented as a design and technical study concept, it was touted also as the answer to Audi's future for sports variants, even for special racing-purposed vehicles.
The Audi AI:RACE was touted also as the answer to Audi's future for sports variants, even for special racing-purposed vehicles. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
If we look at its appearance, the Audi AI:RACE carries a radical sports sedan style coupled with a touch of a wagon on the rear pillar. While from the front bonnet, as we can see that it consists of many flat lines on the hood, sharing a slight curve with the gentle curve of the front and rear fender spaces. The windscreen is so wide, and the inverted trapezoid-shaped airscoop is so wide. Furthermore, there's sharp indentations in the front bumper precisely in the front braking chamber featured with air vents for cooling. The front lip spoiler is also designed to be less extreme, but still functional, no longer equipped with a mechanical connection.
The Audi AI:RACE carries a radical sports sedan style coupled with a touch of a wagon on the rear pillar. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
As quoted from the official website of Audi, the Audi AI:RACE concept was developed and born in Malibu, and regarding its characteristics, Head of Audi design, Gael Buzyn said, "We offer an experience like driving the Audi R18 in the world of racing. We put space the ideal steering wheel in the middle of the cockpit. It is not only designed for circuits, but daily use is also taken into account, because there is still space for passengers on the left and right."
The Audi AI:RACE has a unique cockpit (consisting only of the steering wheel, instrument panels, accelerator and brake pedals) which able to shift flexibly to the right and left motorically. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
From this we can clearly see that the intent of the German manufacturer in designing the Audi AI:RACE is to meet the needs of two purposes, namely the track and the highway uses, through the cockpit (consisting only of the steering wheel, instrument panels, accelerator and brake pedals) which is uniquely, and anti-mainstream designed with its default driving position in the middle to reinforce Formula 1's racing DNA. However, the position can be flexibly changed motorically to the right and left.
The Audi AI:RACE's body is made from a mixture of aluminum, carbon and composite materials, so the end result is a sports car weighing just 1,550 kg. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Meanwhile, the body is made from a mixture of aluminum, carbon and composite materials, so the end result is a sports car weighing just 1,550 kg (including the innovative and lightweight battery pack). This concept car has dimensions of 4.53 meters long, 2 meters wide, 1.15 meters high, and a wheelbase of 2.7 meters, with compact overhangs. Furthermore, the pull of a flat line and a slight curve on the body is inspired by the traditional architecture of a mid-engine racing car, then the center of gravity is placed behind the driver's seat and in front of the rear axle, so that it is considered sufficient to provide a sensational driving experience.
As we can see on the front bonnet of the Audi AI:RACE, it consists of many flat lines on the hood, sharing a slight curve with the gentle curve of the front and rear fender spaces. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
The existence of a wagon style that seems to appear thick enough on the C pillar, which is also capable of producing a fairly large storage space of up to 470 liters (that's pretty good for a sportscar variant). Then those rear compartment can be used to store helmets, other racing equipment and 2 large suitcases. The air outlets on the rear diffuser have been raised as a functional feature borrowed from the motorsport racing style. The diffuser can be mechanically moved downwards to increase downforce, as is the rear spoiler, which can also be extended rearward for the same purpose.
The Audi AI:RACE is known to be driven by three electric motors, one at the front and two at the rear, all of that generates total power of 500 kW or 670 hp with a torque of 830 Nm. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
This Audi AI:RACE concept car is known to be driven by three electric motors, one at the front and two at the rear. The first motor provides a power boost of 150 kW to the front axle, while the other two motors generate around 350 kW of power to the rear axle. So that the total power generated is 500 kW or 670 hp with a torque of 830 Nm. It's not surprising then that this concept car is able to accelerate from rest to 100 kph in just over 2 seconds, only the speed that distinguishes it from the current LMP1 prototype.
Meanwhile, power is supplied from a liquid-cooled solid-state battery system having capacity of 95 kWh, which on full charge provides a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) in WLTP cycles. The German manufacturer says that the Audi AI:RACE has been designed for charging in a voltage of 800 volts. This means that the battery can be fully recharged in about 15 minutes. Besides that, it can charge via induction docking to the Audi Wireless Charging System which is placed on the garage floor. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUDI ]
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