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Published on September 18th, 2011 | by Seán Ward

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The Interesting Audi Urban Concept

The 1+1 Audi ‘Urban Concept’ had its debut this week at Frankfurt 2011.

Weighing only 480 kilograms, the Audi urban concept combines elements of a race car, a roadster, a fun car and a city car into a radical new concept, and according to Audi, “It has the potential to set the trend for a new form of mobility.”

The concept is said to redefine the phrase ‘driving pleasure’, and to provide a new and more modern means of getting from A to B.

Even entering the car is an altogether different affair, because Audi has dispensed the conventional doors and fitted a retractable roof canopy which, in good weather, can be left open.

The exterior design, and much of the car’s design brief, has been inspired by the 1930’s Auto Union race cars; it will be light weight, ahead of its time, and rear engined.

The concept also has some rather nice, small, quirky features. The indicators are not regular indicators, but instead a number of LEDs running down the side of the car, and the front wings of the car turn with the front wheels.

All of the interior fittings have been designed with lightness in mind, even though the car isn’t supposed to be a supercar by any stretch of the imagination, hence the ultra lightweight body structure, thanks to a new construction material for Audi: carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP).

It has a 90 kg lithium-ion battery which stores 7.1 kWh, and combined with the two electric motors, can produce 20 bhp and 47 Nm (34.67 lb-ft) of torque.

0-62 can be done in 16.9 seconds, and it can go on to an electronically governed top speed of 62 mph.

Total range is 45 miles, but the battery can be fully recharged in 20 minutes with a 400 Volt supply, of one hour with a more conventional 230 Volt household supply.

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