The 815bhp Audi Vision Gran Turismo is functional and ready to attack
There has been no lack of Vision GT models the past year, thus the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo wasn’t about to make a big fuss. However, the Ingolstadt-based automaker Audi didn’t just create a full-sized toy. The 805bhp Audi Vision GT is a fully functional beast ready to take on international tracks all around the world!
A proper Vision GT!
Audi is one of the first automakers to build a fully functional Vision GT model. Most of the time, big brands limited to either just showing up a virtual model. Rarely, a full-scale piece was presented at international auto shows. However, only once before have we seen an actual running Vision GT concept. It was the Bugatti Vision GT showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Still, all encounters with the model only shown light maneuvering and not actual track time as everybody wants.
Back to the 2018 Audi e-tron Vision GT. There is 815bhp munching the tarmac through an all-wheel drive electric system. Under the 80’s IMSA inspired bodywork, three electric motors spin the wheels. A motor is attach to each rear wheel while a third one spins the front wheels.
The Formula E Race Taxi
“If it’s not too much to ask, we’d love to see it run!” Audi fans around the world shouted unanimously. And the German brand is making that happen. The 2018 Audi e-tron Vision GT will debut at the Rome E-Prix on April 14th, 2018. It will act as a race taxi, allowing spectators to have track rides in Rome and on future E-Prix events in Europe.
With just 1450kg and a perfect 50:50 front to rear mass distribution, the Audi e-tron Vision GT is fully capable of handling typical tight Formula E tracks. Visitors lucky enough to get a ride will have the closest experience there is when it comes to electric racing – at least for now.
Audi doesn’t give up combustion engines
Electric racing is fun, don’t listen to the haters. However, is hard not to dream about the roar of combustion engines shooting exhaust flames on the track as they downshift before a corner. Thankfully, Audi didn’t forget about this. There is a 3.4-liter V6 counterpart called simply Audi Vision that will stand side by side with the e-tron Vision GT model. The combustion-based sibling will pump out a staggering 1257bhp.