Sept 2 2006 - Audi
illustrates that extreme performance and reason are not
contradictory with combining
sportiness with a respect for the environment.
If anyone thinks that an electric car is deprived of
elegance and dynamism, Audi R-Zéro is a battery-driven vehicle that
can fulfill dreams and arouse desires. As oil prices continue to increase and the Protocol of Kyoto enters
application, the bio-energies face serious limitations. Our energy
future does not depend only on crude oil reserves. In the face of
climatic change and its ecological and human cost, the consumption
of hydrocarbons cannot continue at the current pace. It is necessary
to decrease and diversify our consumption. Transport is the
principal source of air pollution and oil consumption to a total
value of 50%.
Design & conceptualisation : Franck Levivier, transportation
Modeling & rendering : Rémi Marchand & Pierre-Olivier
Wagner, digital designers.
|| 4 electric
|| 1091 HP@
|| 2168 lb-ft @
Weight lb (kg)
Acceleration 0-60 mph
|| 3 sec.
|| 286 mph
initial purpose for the elaboration of this concept was to create a
machine with demonic sensations by avoiding the immoderation and the
inconveniences that we know of the current supercars, mainly in term
of pollution. A concept with the image of a muscular sports car, the
Audi TT, and with performance equivalent to that of the Bugatti
Veyron, the whole works in harmony with our environment and must
join the perspective of 2010.
Aside from the production of the batteries themselves, this car is
respectful of the environment mainly due to its electric
motorization. The system of electric motorization transmits the
fabulous power and reactivity of the engine. It is in harmony
with the ecological challenge and meets the needs of the present
without compromising the capacity to satisfy the needs of the future
The R-Zero is an exceptional supercar benefiting from an outstanding
architecture. The electric motorization allows an original
hierarchical organization of the streams of air in order to to
control the behavior of the airflow around and inside the car. The
structure of the aerodynamic flow optimizes cooling of the motor and
the brakes, as well as generating steady aerodynamic support, all of
which is synonymous for performance.
The "Back single frame" is not a free aesthetic subtlety
nor deprived of functionality … An airstream connecting the 2
single frames (back and front) is present inside in the car : This
structural column thus traverses the total length of the machine.
Technique drove the design and the technical constraints were not
subject to stylistic demands that, aside from the "Back single
frame", we have created a product which forms part of the
lineage of explosive motor vehicles. And in the end, we have an
electric motor car which does not look like an electric car.
This concept represents a future prospect coming from students of
the International School of Design, ISD France.
You can find more information about Audi R-Zero on http://audirzero.free.fr
also on www.isd-up.com