Over the past couple weeks, Audi has been teasing us with viral videos and a website with the theme Electricity Untamed, hinting at a high performance electric car to be debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show. We don’t have many (any, really) details about the new car, but we have plenty of renderings to show you (see gallery below) of the Audi e-Tron Concept.
As you can see, it’s clearly based off of the R8 supercar but with significant changes. The headlights now have an aggressive hooked shape, the sideblades are not present, and the lack of cooling vents on the body suggest the e-Tron is a full-electric car and not a hybrid.
The advantages to an electric sports car are obvious. A reduced dependence on oil, decreased fuel prices, less maintenance, and increased overall efficiency make then attractive to consumers, and since torque is available immediately, the electric motors are perfect for high-performance driving. There are a lot of technical hurdles to overcome, however, and Audi says that there is a lot of work to do before electric cars are feasible for mass production, but in low numbers, these lightweight, high-performance engineering masterpieces are perfect for enthusiasts and collectors.
Stay tuned for more details as the car is officially revealed.