Audi e-tron Detroit Concept: design images

Concept Cars 11 Jan 2010
Audi e-tron Detroit Concept: design images

A set of official exterior and interior design sketches released by Audi for its Detroit showcar e-tron Concept, the compact two-seater electric sportscar that adopts the design language introduced with the original e-tron at Frankfurt.


Below we report the extensive set of esign sketches officially released by Audi for its Detroit showcar e-tron Concept.

From the official Press Release:

The sweeping line of the front end and the flat curved roof immediately identify the two-seater as an Audi. The sides reveal familiar contours.

Audi E Tron Detroit Concept Sketch Audi E Tron Detroit Concept SketchThe way the dynamic line is tailored above the sill and the prominent wheel arches, as is typical for an Audi R, combine the front, side and rear into a monolithic entity and strongly emphasize the typical Audi feature of round wheel arches enclosing the large 19-inch wheels. The highly tapered front end gives the Detroit showcar Audi e-tron distinctly wedge-shaped basic proportions.

Audi E Tron Detroit Concept SketchAudi E Tron Detroit Concept Sketch 1.78 meters (70.08 in) wide, just 3.93 meters (154.72 in) long and 1.22 meters (48.03 in) tall – those are the classic proportions of a sports car. That leaves space ahead of the rear wheels for the 399 kilogram (879.64 lb) battery unit, with converter and power electronics.

Audi E Tron Detroit Concept Sketch Audi E Tron Detroit Concept Sketch

Audi E Tron Detroit Concept SketchThe trapeze of the single-frame grille dominates the distinctly wedge-shaped front end and is flanked by two large air intakes.

The top of the grille merges into the flat strips of the adaptive matrix beam headlight modules with their clear glass covers. All light units use ultra-efficient LED technology.

One design element that is specific to electric vehicles developed by Audi – such as the Audi e-tron – are the air intakes in the single-frame grille and behind the side windows on the C-post.

They are closed flush under normal circumstances and opened by retracting slats when additional cooling air is required. The slats above the drive unit then also open to provide a better through-flow of air.

Audi E Tron Detroit Concept Sketch Audi E Tron Detroit Concept Sketch These measures, too, maximize efficiency – the concept car is outstanding for an already low drag coefficient that is further improved when the flaps are closed.

Audi E Tron Detroit Concept Interior Design Audi E Tron Detroit Concept Interior Design

(Source: Audi)

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