A teaser image revealing a single darkened image of the concept, which Audi are calling a"deisgn study for a puristic sports car of the future".
The prestigious Pebble Beach Car Week is set to host the unveiling of a new all electric sports car from Audi. The event is held every year and has long been considered the world’s most important forum for fans of exquisite automobiles.
What we know so far...
Named the PB18 e-tron, the new electric supercar will be officially unveiled during this years Pebble Beach Car Week in August. Audi says that the PB18 e-tron will feature similar styling which has been inspired by its R18 Le Mans hybrid race car, which featured a 4.0 litre V6 mono diesel engine. But for several obvious reasons the PB18 e-tron will not feature a diesel engine, Audi have stated that the aim of the vehicle is to "produce emotion instead of emissions: power electric drive".
Among the design elements that can be made out in the image of the low and wide PB18 e-tron, are the signature LED headlights and small cameras mounted on to the cockpit that are said to provide real-time video for rear-view purposes.
Audi explain that the name of the car, “the abbreviated name for the Audi premiere – Audi PB18 e-tron – refers to the Pebble Beach venue and the year of the debut. It likewise recalls the Le Mans-series winner Audi R18 e-tron, whose technology inspired the solutions for various details”. The R18 e-tron quattro race car won 24 hours of Le Mans three times between 2012 and 2014.
PB18 e-tron's styling has been developed at the new Malibu Design loft and seems to be highkly focused on aerodynamics and the lessons learned from the R18 e-tron quattro have been used to create the technology solutions for various features of the PB18 e-tron. However, we are all still anxiously waiting for more details to be released about the new electric supercar.
The R18 e-tron quattro
The R18 alone won 15 major endurance events in 2014, including four 24 hours of Le Mans races, taking Audi’s Le Mans tally to 13 and making it the second-most successful manufacturer after Porsche. The R18 e-tron quattro consisted of a 4.0 litre V6 mono turbo diesel that drove the rear wheels. Forward of the cockpit is a kinetic energy recovery system – energy harvested under braking, stored in a 70kg battery pack alongside the driver and out through the front wheels via a single electric motor. This technology has inspired the technology that will be used in the PB18 e-tron.
Audi and Formula E
Audi became the first German automobile manufacturer to race in Formula E. “Formula E delivers spectacular motorsport in the hearts of fascinating cities and is a tremendous stage to present electric mobility and motorsport in their most emotive forms”, Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
The engineers primarily focused on designing the motor-generator unit (MGU) for even greater efficiency. As a result, acceleration out of corners in particular was enhanced. To transit the power to the wheels, Audi Sport ABT Scharffler used a high-efficiency transmission with one instead of the previous three gears.