Electrification and the future of premium mobility were showcased during Monterey Car Week 2022, held on 18-21. August. Audi presented its three concept cars, the unique Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, as well as the famous 5-cylinder cars that won races and gave quattro all-wheel drive its credentials.
Audi at Monterey Car Week 2022
As usual, Audi attracted car enthusiasts worldwide during Monterey Car Week. Focusing on the future, Audi gave attendees a glimpse of its ambitious and electrified vision for future mobility. On Friday 19 August, the three Audi sphere concept cars were presented at The Quail; a world-renowned showcase showcasing some of the most unique and rare cars from the past, present and future. On Saturday, August 20, the one-of-a-kind, all-electric Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron was showcased at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held in Laguna Seca. Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron was accompanied by the iconic vehicle that inspired its creation, the Audi S1 quattro from 1987. elegance. Earlier this week, several legendary 5-cylinder racing cars were on display alongside the RS e-tron GT at Legends of the Autobahn.
Compared to a first-class flight on board a private jet, the grandphere sedan concept combines the luxury of a private tour in the utmost comfort with numerous on-board experiences. Level 4 autonomous driving enables new dimensions of freedom. In stand-alone mode, the interior transforms into a spacious sphere of experiences without a steering wheel, pedals or screens, with the front seats becoming a premium lounge offering maximum space and access to all the built-in functions of a digital ecosystem. L’Audi grandsphere has a special place for the brand’s future. The technologies and design features seen in the grand sphere will reappear over the next few years in future Audi production models. The Audi grandphere concept illustrates the definition of luxury in the future: for Audi, this includes the possibility of new high-level experiences, made possible by digitalization, as well as a holistic approach to sustainability with the goal of CO2 neutrality in the near future throughout the value chain.
In a conventional sedan, it has become common to observe a majority of the rear comfort equipment. With the Audi grandsphere, the first-class experience has moved to the front row. The front seats are no longer primarily reserved for driving functions and control elements. In Level 4 driving, the steering wheel and pedals disappear, and the front area of the cabin becomes a real open space, with a clear view through the large front and side windows and maximum movement options. The interior appears particularly spacious when the two front seats are pushed all the way back. A padded two-person bench seat with armrests is integrated as a seating option in the rear, while the two front seats are designed for first-class comfort and space.
Unveiled as the first member of the new Audi sphere family, the Audi skysphere concept is an electrically powered two-door convertible that showcases Audi’s vision of luxury in the future. Thanks to the combination of autonomous driving, an innovative interior and a seamless digital ecosystem, the interior of the Audi skysphere becomes an interactive space and a platform for captivating experiences. L’Audi skysphere concept demonstrates how Audi is redefining luxury in the future – it’s not just about driving longer. The Audi skysphere concept is designed with a variable wheelbase and enables two completely different driving experiences: a grand touring experience and a sporty experience. The variable wheelbase on the Audi skysphere uses electric motors and a sophisticated mechanism with the components of the vehicle’s body and chassis. The body and chassis parts slide into each other and make it possible to vary not only the wheelbase, but also the car’s outer length by 25 centimeters. At the same time, the vehicle’s ground clearance is adjusted by 10 millimeters to improve comfort and driving dynamics.
With the push of a button, the driver can choose his own driving experience. In other words, he can choose to drive his 4.94 meter long roadster himself in “Sport” mode with a reduced wheelbase, or to be driven in a 5.19 meter GT in autonomous driving. “Grand Touring” while enjoying the sky, maximum legroom and the full range of services offered by a perfectly integrated digital ecosystem. In “Grand Touring” driving mode, the steering wheel and pedals move in an invisible area of the vehicle, while the sense of space in the vehicle opens up new horizons. Meanwhile, the Audi skysphere keeps an eye on the road and traffic with its sensor system and guides passengers safely to their destination.
Audi urban sphere
Designers and engineers originally createdAudi urban sphere for use in China’s bustling megacities, although the concept is also suitable for any other metropolitan center in the world. In these urban areas, where private space is particularly scarce, the concept car offers the largest interior space of any Audi to date. It intelligently coordinates digital technologies and services that engage all the senses and deliver a whole new level of experiences.
This spacious concept car doubles as a living room on wheels and a mobile office, serving as a third living space in traffic. To this end, the Audi urbansphere combines the luxury of complete privacy with a full range of high-tech comforts on board, even during rush hour. Automated driving technology transforms the cabin, which notably lacks a steering wheel, pedals or screens, into a mobile interactive space that acts as a gateway to a larger digital ecosystem.
Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron & Audi S1 quattro Pikes Peak from 1987
Modernized, electrified and inspired by the iconic design of the 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1,Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron removes any doubt that an electrified car cannot be synonymous with performance. This modern interpretation of the original Audi S1 quattro comes with two electric motors, four-wheel drive, a carbon fiber chassis and all the safety standards dictated by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA. Limited to a single unit, this concept was developed specifically for American drift artist Ken Block, and will be featured in his next edition of the acclaimed Gymkhana series under the title “Electrikhana”. Along with the display of this electrifying concept, fans will also see the original Audi Sport quattro S1 with which Walter Röhrl set his Pikes Peak Hill Climb record in 1987 in just 10 minutes and 48 seconds. It remains the fastest time on the unpaved section, which has since been paved. From 1984 to 1987, Audi rally driver Walter Röhrl drove the Audi Sport quattro S1 during the B era of the rally racing group. The unfair advantage provided by the unique quattro all-wheel drive has driven the brand’s success in off-road, road and circuit competitions, with performance benefits extending well beyond snowy roads and off-road driving. Today, Audi’s quattro system has evolved with the latest technologies and references that come directly from the world of motorsport. The modern interpretation, the Audi S1Hoonitron, is a nod to this important period while remaining centered on the commitment to electrification. Click here to learn more about the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron and its development.
Audi RS e-tron GT surrounded by the authentic and legendary 5-cylinder racing cars at the Legends of the Autobahn competition
Authentic racing cars from the famous five-cylinder era of Group B, IMSA GTO and SCCR Trans Am will be on display alongside the Audi RS e-tron GT, which will electrify enthusiasts. The Group B era of rallying is celebrated as the pinnacle of the World Rally Championship (WRC), thanks in part to the fact that from 1982 to 1984 there were no limits on turbo amounts or vehicle weight. In the 1984 season, the Group B Audi quattro A2 produced 360 horsepower from its 5-cylinder racing engine and won the drivers’ title, while Audi won the constructors’ title. Audi retired from rallying in 1986, but the legacy of the quattro system paired with Audi’s 5-cylinder engine continued on the tarmac in the North American sports car racing series known as the IMSA GTO series and SCAA Trans Am. In 1988, the Audi 200 quattro Trans-Am used the basis of a five-cylinder production engine for homologation purposes with a maximum output of 510 horsepower for a 2.1-liter engine – which equates to an impressive showing of 242 horsepower per second. litres. In 1989, theAudi 90 quattro IMSA GTO dominated the American touring car scene with its 720 horsepower from a 2.1-liter five-cylinder racing engine. Audi took eight wins out of 13 events, with champions Hans Stuck, Walter Rohrl and Hurley Haywood setting the standard for Audi’s five-cylinder engine paired with the legendary quattro drive system.
The Audi RS e-tron GT produces a net 590 horsepower and up to 637 horsepower in boost mode. The total torque of the system is 830 Nm Therefore, the Audi RS e-tron GT can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h. The Audi RS e-tron GT’s acceleration is therefore comparable to that of the V10-powered Audi R8 supercar, while producing zero direct emissions. Click here to learn more about the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT models.
Today, Audi is ready to launch a fourth and a fifth all-electric model in the US market. The Audi Q4 e-tron SUV and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron will join the e-tron, e-tron Sportback and e-tron GT model ranges. The increase to five unique models corresponds to the largest all-electric model series in the United States. With the addition of these models to the Audi e-tron range, Audi continues its commitment to having a fully electric model range by 2033.