The two-seater Audi Skysphere Concept was created as the first of three concept cars of the Sphere series at the American design studio Audi in Malibu. According to its makers, the roadster does not see itself as an indication of a new series model, but as a futuristic look at Audi’s futuristic design language.
The front and back parts, with their eloquent lighting units and short overhangs, are impressive. However, the highlight is the object that can be extended with the push of a button. At an impressive height of 4.94 meters, the length of the Audi Skysphere usually reaches Current RS5 Sportback. However, if the object is electrically taut, then the Skysphere extends to 5.19 meters – it is up to Audi A8 L.
This hand machine body effect – which, by the way, is not new: Swiss inventor Frank Rinderknecht demonstrated something similar at the 2002 Geneva Salon with the Presto study – But it will hardly go into serial production. Instead, it aims to emphasize the different driving concepts of the Audi Skysphere concept more clearly.
With the retracted body, the driver and the roadster are definitely active to drive. With an extended body, you can drive the car. The steering wheel and pedals disappear under the dashboard: the Skysphere drives independently.
The battery is in the back
Of course you drive in a purely electric way: with an electric motor of 465 kW (631 hp) and 750 Nm installed on the rear axle. Unlike most electric cars, the 80 kWh battery pack (with a range of 500 km) is not installed in the lower part of the chassis, but behind the occupants and in the middle tunnel.
Of course, the Audi Skysphere that can be seen in Pebble Beach (USA) these days is an overrated design stunt. But it shows where we can go – and who knows, maybe soon we will discover one or another component of one of the models of the next Audi series.
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