Audi Urbansphere Concept is a Futuristic Vision For Urban Travel

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Audi Urbansphere concept vehicle gets Audi’s PPE electric vehicle platform and charging (up to 270kW fast) capability.

Earlier in February, the Head of Audi Design Marc Lichte discussed the gorgeous Audi Skysphere concept. The car draws inspiration from the controversial and mysterious Horch 853. Even though Audi Skysphere is quite an eye-catching grand tourer concept, we were impatiently waiting for Audi’s take on a futuristic utility vehicle, since crossovers and SUVs are the most popular body types in the market. The wait is over as the Ingolstadt brand recently unveiled the all-new Audi Urbansphere concept.

Audi Urbansphere is the final installment of Audi’s next-generation concept cars. The Sphere concepts showcase how the Ingolstadt brand’s electric architecture will underpin its autonomous offerings in the future. The utility vehicle gets Level 4 autonomous driving features and is the largest Audi concept. For context, the Urbansphere is 500 mm longer than the Q7 SUV, which is the biggest product in Audi’s portfolio.

The powertrain of the Audi Urbansphere gets a dual electric motor setup. The EV’s 120 kWh battery pack can deliver 466 miles of range (WLTP) and also churns out 400 HP of maximum power and around 509 lb-ft of peak torque. Audi’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) vehicle architecture underpins the all-new Urbansphere concept. The vehicle rides on 24-inch wheels and comes complete with adaptive air suspension and rear-axle steering.

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“Audi Light Canvas” is an LED digital light surface that dominates the front end of the Urbansphere instead of a traditional grille.

Even with its imposing dimensions, Audi claims that it designed the new concept car for applications in megacities. In an official press release, the company also reveals that Audi is targeting the Chinese market with its Urbansphere concept. For the uninitiated, China happens to be the world’s largest electric vehicle market.

With the help of a “co-creation” approach, the teams at Audi’s design studios in Beijing were able to finalize the design of the Audi Urbansphere while accounting for the needs of customers across Beijing. Chairman of the Board Management at Audi AG, Markus Duesmann, shared his thoughts on the new Urbansphere concept. “To make e-mobility even more attractive, we think about it holistically and from the customer’s needs,” says Markus.

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Winter Fun: Audi RS e-tron GT Proves Its Mettle Against Avant RS6 On Ice

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Engadget demonstrates how well the EV architecture of the RS e-tron GT performs on snowy terrain against the Avant RS6. The latter is equipped with Audi’s mechanical quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The Audi RS e-tron GT is the talk of the town these days. Earlier this month, professional rally driver Ken block added a custom flat white RS e-tron GT to his electric fleet. More recently, Roberto Baldwin from Engadget got behind the wheel of two exciting Audi models for a remarkable comparison. Baldwin traveled up to Canada to drive an Audi RS e-tron GT and an Avant RS6 wagon across snowy terrains as part of the Audi Driving Experience.

Here’s a quick overview for those unfamiliar with the RS e-tron GT. The all-electric offering is an amalgamation of state-of-the-art electric vehicle technology. Even in its battery-only avatar, RS e-tron GT stays true to Audi’s performance pedigree. Since it’s an electric model, high altitude does not impede RS e-tron GT’s performance, but the same is true for the Avant RS6. However, the frigid temperature can diminish the performance of the e-tron’s 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Nevertheless, the video offers some interesting insights into how these two drastically different machines handle on the ice. “So even though I’m sliding all over the place on this road, I have the traction control off, what’s nice is that the e-tron, and EVs in general if they are well, well built, every tire is getting information, every tire is being adjusted within milliseconds, so that’s pretty great,” explains Baldwin.

Winter Fun: Audi RS e-tron GT Proves Its Mettle Against Avant RS6 On Ice

Electric vehicles like the RS e-tron GT have a very low center of gravity and are usually quite heavy.

As a result, the pressure from the extra weight offers a better grip on surfaces where achieving traction can be pretty challenging. Without the overboost, both e-tron and Avant RS6 produce roughly the same power output. Furthermore, with the help of Audi’s mechanical quattro all-wheel-drive system, the Avant RS6 was also able to get around tight corners with ease, but it wasn’t as composed as its electric counterpart.

“The e-tron, this EV architecture that added weight, it makes it a bit more stable on ice on snow, slick, rain, anything you’re looking for and that has to do a lot with those two motors that are able to finally adjust the wheel spin,” explains Baldwin.

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Porsche Taycan revealed as new Formula E safety car

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Gareth Herincx

2 days ago
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PORSCHE TAYCAN REVEALED AS NEW FORMULA E SAFETY CAR

Porsche’s first all-electric sports car is the new safety car in the innovative electric racing series, Formula E.

The vehicle will celebrate its racetrack debut at the opening round of the new season on January 28-29 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

Designed to be more than just the Formula E safety car, the striking Porsche Taycan Turbo S samples the liveries of all 11 teams competing in the championship, as well as the colours of the FIA and Formula E, while the number 22 acknowledges the performance of the 22 drivers contesting the series this season.

PORSCHE TAYCAN REVEALED AS NEW FORMULA E SAFETY CAR

“We’re proud that Formula E has entrusted a Porsche with this task – one that is important for the safety of its drivers,” says Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport.

“With the Taycan Turbo S as the official safety car, we’re making an important contribution to track safety and also underlining the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport.”

The conversion of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S into a safety car required the installation of a roll cage and racing bucket seats with six-point seatbelts as well as wire harnesses for the safety car lighting and the Marelli Logger System. Flashing lights were integrated into the bumpers.

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Past Legends Look Toward Future of Audi Quattro

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With rally legends Stig Blomqvist and Fabrizia Pons, Audi DTM driver Nico Muller explores quattro’s past and future.

In 1980, Audi made a life-changing move for itself by introducing the quattro system to the world. No longer would all-wheel drive be the domain of trucks and agriculture. Now, passenger cars could use all corners to provide greater control on the road. Combined with high-performance, turbocharged engines, the new quattro carved a path for all cars to consider taking going forward.

In 2021, Audi’s quattro is now part of the electrification revolution in the overall auto industry. As a tribute, Audi’s YouTube channel enlisted their DTM driver, Nico Muller, to go back to where it all began: France’s Col de Turini. Of course, he wouldn’t be alone on this journey.

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“Beginning of the Eighties, first ’82, you couldn’t believe the difference with two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive,” said rally legend Stig Blomqvist. “It was really nice, and the feeling was fantastic. I think Audi has done a good job before they started rallying because they wanted to show the rest of the world what four-wheel drive can do. Everybody was thinking, ‘Okay, it’s another Jeep system.’ But they soon find out it was a lot better than that.”

Blomqvist is one of a few to wield the might of the quattro in the Group B era. Through the ur-Quattro, Audi would not only rack up wins and records, but upend rallying forever with all four of its wheels. And what happens on race day translates to the showroom.

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“In a combustion engine car, you have a single motor” said Audi Formula-E champion Lucas di Grassi. “You need a very complicated and sophisticated mechanical distribution with differentials and drive shafts to get this power and torque distributed in the four wheels.”

With the RS e-tron GT, computers and electric motors handle the job. Thus, performance is maximized. Blomqvist says the electric Audi outperforms his Group B terror. That’s certainly saying something.

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“We had such a huge passion,” said rally legend Fabrizia Pons. “It didn’t matter at all how many nights we were not sleeping, and we were working, working, working. It’s important, the commitment. It’s important to know the car.”

Pons says her role as half of the first all-women rally duo with Michele Moulton didn’t hit her at first. Only years later did it occur to her how momentous and historic it was. She adds she’s always working toward the future, then and now, an attitude Audi knows well, especially with quattro.

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

UK debut for MINI Electric Pacesetter

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Gareth Herincx

4 days ago
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An extreme version of MINI’s 100% electric hatchback will be seen on UK tarmac for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021.

The awesome MINI Electric Pacesetter has been designed and developed as the new Safety Car in the Formula E.

It will take to the infamous Goodwood Hill Climb during the racing weekend with MINI ambassador Charlie Cooper, grandson of John Cooper who inspired the John Cooper Works division of MINI, at the wheel.

MINI ambassador and rally legend Paddy Hopkirk, who famously won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in the classic Morris Mini Cooper S Mk1, will be available to meet the public and sign autographs on Saturday 10th July. It can also be seen in the First Glance Paddock.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th July 2021.

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