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11 August 2011

Audi rewrites 1+1 with its new Urban Concept

Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Audi AG
In the aggressive world of automotives, it’s important to always stay on the cutting edge. And with traffic and congestion problems creeping up the world’s roads, “cutting edge” may very well have its own double-entendre. 
Audi has recently conjured up a completely new lightweight, super compact 1+1 prototype - the Audi Urban Concept. This concept vehicle is the first of its kind, not modeled or reinvented from any model before it, and is developed on the principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. Less is positively more; the result is a frill-free sporty two-seater powered by two e-tron electric motors with a lithium-ion battery as source. 
The Audi Urban Concept undeniably looks like a soapbox derby car, and can probably be likened to a modernistic one. If fact, it technically doesn’t fit into any conventional car categories. Entry via tailgate, the roof slides rearwards to open. To boot, it even has free-standing 21-inch wheels surrounded by LED-lined protective plates. (Maybe futuristic is more accurate, then!)
Made purposely for two, there’s more than enough room inside the carbon fiber-reinforced polymer cockpit. The steering wheel and pedals can even be adjusted according to the driver’s own body measurements.  
Audi says this concept car “concentrates on the pure essence of sporty motion.” The sketches definitely look promising; one can only wish to see the full-scale prototype in action soon.