Audi Unveils Concept Car for Idiots

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
audi unveils concept car for idiots

3,319 lb·ft of torque from four electric motors, and the best 0-60 time Audi came up with for its E-Tron concept was 4.8 seconds? Thanks but, uh, we’re not idiots.

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  • Tauronmaikar Tauronmaikar on Sep 15, 2009

    Anything above ~ 700 lb-ft is pointless as it would just cause wheelspin and rubber burning. Audi's claims are just as meaningless as Tesla Roadster claims of 256 mpg economy.

  • Tommy231 Tommy231 on Sep 15, 2009

    Again... the reason >700 lb-ft is "pointless" is due to the >9:1 torque multiplication at the wheels with a conventional car. This the total torque in the motors of this Audi vehicle is the equivalent to less than 400 lb-ft on any car we're otherwise familiar with.

  • PeteMoran PeteMoran on Sep 15, 2009

    @ TR4 .... there is no relationship between torque and 0-60 time. That statement makes no sense. Check here. Assuming the correct gearing and a little simplistically; torque = acceleration, while power = maximum speed.

  • TR4 TR4 on Sep 16, 2009

    Well perhaps I should have said "the relationship between peak torque and 0-60 time is very tenuous". The fact that it is not a good predictor of 0-60 time is obvious from Mr. Neidemeyer's original story. Of course torque must be applied to a wheel to make the vehicle accelerate. However once the vehicle is moving one must apply torque at increasingly higher RPM. And the product of torque and RPM is... guess what...power! What most automotive journalists and many others fail to understand is that it is drive wheel torque (not engine torque) that is important. The best acceleration AND the highest top speed will occur when a gear is selected to put the engine at its peak horsepower. The engine will not be producing peak torque but when combined with the gearing the drive wheels will be getting peak torque (AND power).