[Words: Mike Juergens / Photos: Gunter Stachon]
IAA is the most important Auto Show in the World for Audi. This year Audi constructed the purpose built Audi building invites you to consider the conditions for urban mobility from an unusual perspective: Inside, the highlight of the show, high-rise buildings grow and entire neighborhoods are suspended from the ceiling, creating “hanging cities”. In 2011 Audi first built a separate temporary building at IAA.
Inside, the “hanging cities”, elaborate scale projections and total of 11.2 million LEDs bring so many urban scenes to life. Mirrors on the floor and ceiling expand the cityscapes to infinity and the exhibited Audis. The result is an impressive world of experiences, which offers the visitors new perspectives in the future of urban mobility.
The Audi nanuk quattro concept combines the dynamics of a high-performance sports car with versatility. It’s 5.0 V10 TDI developing 544 hp and 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) torque; 0-100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.8 seconds.
The Nanuk brings together many future technologies such as a high performance diesel engine which might find it’s way into the next generation R8. As well as suspension that is actively adjusting itself based on GPS data, which may find it’s way into future versions of the Q5 and Q7. The Nanuk is a demonstration of the future of Audi and their continuous pushing of the envelope.
The Audi Sport quattro concept combines Audi’s historic quattro coupe lines with e-tron technology from it’s current racing program. The impressive performance of the Audi Sport quattro concept also proves that a powerful coupe can also be efficient. It’s been 30-years since the world was first introduced to Audi quattro and the progress has not stopped there. It may not be a purpose built rally monster however the end result is a car that’s powerful, efficient and easy to live with.
The future of urban mobility is a concept that Audi has been working to pioneer. From cruise control systems that integrate with traffic signals to set a speed that will allow vehicles to pass through intersections without stopping, to cars that are able to locate an empty space in a parking garage and drive themselves and wait for their owners to return, and small and agile concepts that can zip through city streets silently and effortlessly. Audi is working hard to make sure that automotive engineering continues to move forward in a way that will benefit society in the greatest way possible.