Electric cars are very quickly becoming the most exciting part of the auto industry, and nowhere is that clearer than with Audi’s e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept.
The car, which first made an appearance in PlayStation’s Gran Turismo racing franchise, is set to be produced for real, and will make its debut at Formula E’s Rome stage, which will be taking place this weekend on the 14th of April. the Verge reports.
The car looks exactly like something that’s been designed first and foremost for a video game, but it’s packing some impressive power under the hood. It’s got not one, but two 200kW motors on its rear axle, and a third on its front, making it an all-wheel-drive vehicle on steroids, and it can push it from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds.
Naturally, this isn’t the only electric vehicle Audi will have at the race, since it also has a Formula E team that’s actively competing in the championship.
These two vehicles show the German auto-maker is committing hard to the all-electric car dream, although it currently doesn’t have an electric car in the market. The company has been producing plug-in hybrids since 2013, but its Tesla X-style all-electric SUV remains a concept for now.
However, when the e-tron quattro concept officially launches, it’s expected to offer 310 miles of range from its 370kW of power. It’s not quite as powerful as the Vision Gran Turismo concept’s 600kW of total power, but its specs should keep environmentally conscious petrol-heads excited for the future.
Meanwhile, the cars competing in the Formula E championship are due an upcoming upgrade of their own. The new vehicle that will be used for the 2018/19 season is set to finally do away with the mid-race swap, which has so far been necessary because the championship’s existing cars haven’t had enough charge to drive for an entire race. Hopefully the upgraded vehicle will further legitimise the emerging motorsport.
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