Audi PB18 e-Tron Prototype
That prototype is the Audi PB18 e-tron, a fully electric car that combines very high performance with a design focused on maximum sportsmanship. Its name comes from Pebble Beach (PB) that of the current year.
The future of mobility goes through the electrification of our cars, something that will also irremediably affect high-performance vehicles and supercars. It’s probably something long-term, and that’s precisely what the Audi PB18 e-tron wants to convey to us, the aesthetic and technical future of a supercar.
With a body of 4.53 meters long, 2 wide and only 1.15 meters high, in addition to a distance of 2.70 meters, this prototype would be a real supercar. Needless to say or extend in the section of the exterior design, because the images speak for themselves. We are facing a very low car, wide, long and with the wheels located at the ends. The shapes are very futuristic, maybe too much, and highlights its high back in the shooting brake style.
The Audi PB18 e-tron can modify the seat, steering wheel and pedals laterally. It is a curious idea that allows to move the driving position to the center for circuit driving, “hiding” the passenger seat on the ground. Audi calls this solution “by-wire technology”.
Regarding the battery, the brand of the four rings states that its capacity is 95 kWh, and its autonomy in the WLTP cycle exceeds 500 kilometers. As it is designed to use 800-volt charging systems, the battery could be fully recharged in just 15 minutes. It also allows charging by induction, that is, without cables.
This prototype could be the successor of the current Audi R8, and not only for its supercar design. The electric propulsion system consists of three engines, one for the front and two for the rear, thus providing an effective all-wheel drive. The front axle has an engine whose output power is 204 hp, while in the rear train the power is 612 hp.
As a whole, the electrical system develops 680 HP, although it is temporarily extended to 775 HP thanks to a “Boost” function. The maximum torque is 830 Nm. This energy, coupled with the huge instant torque offered by electric motors and the huge wheels mounted on 22-inch wheels, allows the Audi PB18 e-tron to accelerate from 0 to 100 in just over 2 seconds (exact figure not confirmed by Audi), so the differential with a current competition prototype LMP1 is minimal.
Finally, the brand of the four rings tells us that the independent suspensions piloted electronically inherit directly solutions of the high competition, based on the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro of Le Mans. Regarding the braking system, this futuristic electric supercar uses carbon discs with a diameter of 19 inches.