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Frankfurt Preview:Audi Urban Concept
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Audi has unveiled a Urban concept car to the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. which is a 1+1-seat ultra-light passenger car that is intended to be an effective alternative to larger vehicles for travel in congested urban environments.
The Audi urban concept is a 1+1 seat ultra light car ideal for areas with high congestion. The Audi urban concept aims for a combination of racing car, roadster, fun car and an urban car.
In terms of styling features, the urban concept has some innovative items like free-standing wheels, blinking strips of LED lights, and of course, those side blades inspired by Audi R8. The car also has 21-inch wheels. Entry to the car is via the tailgate.
The interior provides staggered seating for two people at a low sporty height. All of the controls and materials are ultra-lightweight. Entry is through the tailgate, and the roof can be manoeuvred and slides to the rear to open. The cockpit consists of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP), which integrates the undercarriage of both seats.
Power for the Audi urban concept comes from two e-tron electric motors, which get their fuel from a lithium-ion battery. No technical details were released.
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Press Release
‘Vorsprung durch Technik' goes electric with the Audi urban concept
Audi urban concept car breaks new ground for the brand with four rings
  • An innovative urban concept car with 1+1 seats
  • Sleek cockpit made from CFRP, free-standing wheels with protective plates
  • Elaborate suspension design, compact electric drive system for sporty performance

Ingolstadt, August 10, 2011 - Audi is once again exploring new horizons with the Audi urban concept, a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The technical study confounds conventional car categories - the Audi urban concept combines elements of a racing car, a roadster, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new concept.
The Audi urban concept car is not descended from any previous model - its development is based on the strict principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. The result is a concept car with no unnecessary weight, and one that concentrates on the pure essence of dynamic motion.
The stunning new concept has a sleek body. The wheels are free-standing, and the surrounding protective plates feature ‘blinking' strips of LED lights. The highly-concentrated look of the technical study, with its forward-urging lines, is dynamic and emotional, and lends a completely new impetus to the Audi design language.
There is room for two people on board, their position slightly staggered and at a sporty, low level. All controls and materials are subject to the dictates of ultra-lightweight construction to ensure they convey a unique, sensory allure. The driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals for his or her own driving position. Entry to the car is through the tailgate, while the roof is designed to be manoeuvrable and slides to the rear to open. The Audi urban concept rides on 21-inch wheels.
The technology in the Audi urban concept reflects the full capabilities of the brand, especially when it comes to ultra-lightweight construction. The cockpit consists of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP), which integrates the undercarriage of both seats.
Two e-tron electric motors provide the propulsion - providing the ultra-light Audi urban concept with the ability to accelerate powerfully. A lithium-ion battery supplies the energy - ideal for extended city tours.