Following the Audi prologue design study, which offered a preview of the design language of the subsequent full-size class models as a show car in 2014, the e-tron GT constitutes the next evolutionary stage of the Audi design language. As a gran turismo, it fascinates with its sculptural design. What applies for the current full-size class models applies here, too: Proportions are the foundation of good design. In other words: a long wheelbase, wide track, large wheels, and a flat silhouette. The e-tron GT has precisely these ideal proportions. Its design language is the starting point for the design of future electric models from Audi – they will have a significantly more flowing exterior design than today’s models. As is always the case at Audi, the design is not an end in itself but rather the connection between form and function: In line with electric mobility, the design of the e-tron GT,enables sophisticated aerodynamics – aesthetics thus also arise from efficiency. The e-tron GT deliberately adopts established design elements of the e-tron, the first electric car from Audi, and refines them in a targeted manner. These elements include the strongly modeled insert above the door sill trims. It emphasizes the battery pack in the center of the vehicle as the car’s powerhouse.
Audi RS 3 Sportback and RS 3 Sedan - Maximum agility - RS Torque Splitter and RS 3-specific modes
The RS Torque Splitter, installed for the first time in an Audi, provides more driving pleasure and a dynamic balance by replacing the previous rear axle differential with upstream multi-plate clutch package. Instead, an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch is used on each drive shaft, which variably distributes the drive torque between the two rear wheels. This ensures even greater stability and agility. In sporty driving, the torque splitter increases the drive torque to the respective outer rear wheel with the higher wheel load, which significantly reduces any tendency to understeer. In left-hand curves, it transfers the drive torque to the right rear wheel, in right-hand curves to the left, and when driving straight ahead to both rear wheels. The difference in propulsive forces allows the new RS 3 to turn into the curve even better and follow the steering angle more precisely - especially when cornering at high speeds. In addition to the torque splitter, seven Audi drive select systems also influence the engine and transmission application, steering assistance, adaptive dampers and exhaust flaps. Different characteristic curves of the aforementioned systems provide a wide spread of driving feel - from comfort-oriented and consumption-optimized to distinctly sporty and dynamic to race track-specific. The new RS 3 specific mode RS Performance is designed specifically for the racetrack with its own engine and transmission setup and is tuned to the Pirelli P Zero "Trofeo R" semi-slick tires, which are optionally available from the factory for the first time. The torque splitter ensures the most neutral possible handling with little understeer and oversteer in the various driving situations. This enables earlier acceleration at the exit of the corner, resulting in faster lap times. Another new feature is the RS Torque Rear mode, which enables drifts. It is designed for use on non-public roads. Here, the torque splitter transfers up to 100 percent of the drive force directed to the rear to one of the rear wheels - a maximum of 1,750 Newton meters. There are also efficiency, comfort, auto, and dynamic modes, as well as the RS Individual mode, which allows the systems to be set individually.
Porsche has won the GTE-Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Works driver Gianmaria Bruni from Italy, Richard Lietz from Austria and Frédéric Makowiecki from France crossed the finish line in first place after an intensive and gripping race over 350 laps.
EQA is the name of the new entry-level model to the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles. The dynamic design of its SUV body is an indicator of the driving enjoyment to be found on board. Offering an excellent compromise between performance, costs and time to market, the EQA is the first all-electric member of the compact car vehicle from Mercedes-Benz. A close relation of the GLA, it delivers all the thrilling characteristics of that vehicle, combined in this case with an efficient electric power train. Prices in Germany start at 47,540.50 euros.