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  Audi Sport quattro concept
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2013
Introduced at:2013 IAA
Engine type:Plug-in Hybrid
Source:Company press release
Last updated:September 04, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe customer can choose between various characteristics for the Audi Sport quattro concept depending on the operating and driving strategy. A choice of three modes is available. EV mode is for purely electric driving; Hybrid mode for maximum efficiency and Sport mode for maximum performance.

In EV mode, only the electric motor is active. With a peak electric output of 110 kW and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque, electric driving both inside and outside the city is possible. An active accelerator indicates the transition to hybrid operation to the driver so that he/she can consciously control the switch between electric and hybrid driving modes.

In Hybrid mode, environmental and route data are used to compute the optimal use of the electric motor and combustion engine for fuel efficiency and implement this via the operating strategy. If navigation is active, the route is optimised for efficiency. This mode also includes the ability to customise the operating strategy. If the driver wants to retain a certain amount of electric range or to drive certain route segments on electric power, they can use the Hold or Charge function to precisely adjust the charge of the battery even without charging from the power grid.

In Sport mode, the operating strategy sets the drive system for maximum power and performance. The electric boost function supports the combustion engine in all driving situations. The energy management system ensures that the battery always has sufficient charge.

When the V8 and the electric motor work together, the Audi Sport quattro concept accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 3.7 seconds - much like the powerful Audi rally cars once did. Its top speed is 189mph.

The lightweight construction concept also plays a large part in this dynamic performance. The occupant cell combines ultra-high-strength steel panels and cast aluminium structural elements. The doors and wings are made of aluminium, and the roof, the bonnet and the rear hatch are made of CFRP. The result is a kerb weight including the battery pack of just 1,850 kilograms.

The show car's chassis is easily able to handle the drive system's power. Handling is as dynamic as it is stable. The front suspension features five control arms per wheel; the rear suspension follows the Audi track-controlled trapezoidal link principle. Tautly tuned springs and dampers connect the Audi Sport quattro concept firmly to the road. The dynamic steering varies its ratio as a function of driving speed. The brake callipers grip large, carbon fibre-ceramic brake discs, and the tyre format is 285/30 R 21.

Combining awe-inspiring power and performance delivered with 21st Century efficiency with styling that speaks volumes about its exceptional capabilities, the Sport quattro Concept is an undeniably worthy successor to the legendary Sport quattro, which made its debut at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. Designed as a homologation model for the World Rally Championship, this exceptional 306PS powerhouse showcased many technical innovations, and was considered the supercar of its day. Its short wheelbase honed its handling and gave it an unmistakable look, and in competition form it wrote racing history. Walter Röhrl drove it to a convincing victory in the 1987 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, U.S.A.

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