Audi Designers Want The PB18 E-Tron Supercar To Hit The Market

If designers from Audi had their way, the company’s bold PB18 e-tron electric supercar would reach the production line.

Speaking with Autocar at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi exterior design chief Andreas Mindt revealed that the car’s design team are pushing for it to to hit the market. However, fulfilling the designers’ wishes won’t be easy for the German automaker.

Immediately distinguishing the PB18 from other bold concept cars to come before it is the central driving position. Developing a car with such a set-up would be extremely costly for Audi, particularly since production of the vehicle would be extremely limited. Additionally, it would be virtually impossible for Audi to commercialize an interior where the driver’s seat seamlessly shifts from the left-side of the vehicle to the center as it did in the concept.

This wouldn’t be the only challenge. In addition, Mindt said that engineers would have to develop adequate cooling systems for the powerful all-electric powertrain. The concept utilized three electric motors. One of these was mounted within the front axle and delivered 201 hp, while two were found on either side of the rear axle, producing 234 hp each, and resulting in a total of 671 hp. A boost function was also developed for the car, with output increasing to 764 hp for short bursts of acceleration.

In concept guise, Audi asserted that this set-up would allow for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of roughly two seconds while sending the supercar to a top speed exceeding 186 mph (300 km/h).

In addition to these challenges, there is the simple fact that the PB18 e-tron was envisioned to use solid-state batteries with a capacity of 95 kWh. While such a battery pack will eventually be available in the future, the technology is not yet ready for production.

Then again, maybe Audi could adopt the exterior styling, albeit a bit toned down, with a more conventional interior and the electric powertrain of, say, the e-tron GT that’s good for 590 PS (582 HP), though we guess even this option is not on the table.

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  • Six_Tymes

    certainly one of the boldest designs they have ever produced. shame its only a concept

  • SteersUright

    Gorgeous car. Stunning, and love the extending spoiler. Make this! And make it $50k! 😛

  • Dude

    What a coincidence, I do too!

  • ErnieB

    This has Halo written all over it..

  • Blade t

    Sounds like it would be too costly to produce for a low number halo car..

  • MultiKdizzle

    The R8, while an attractive car, is nonetheless too familiar-looking to stun us anymore.

    This concept moves the game forward significantly.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I agree, but I can only see this being a million-dollar follow up to the 918. The R8 just needs the people who designed the Q3 and the new concept they showed in LA to redesign it from the ground up.

  • Six Thousand Times

    If you’ve ever watched a fat guy clamber out of a McLaren, you’ll know the center driving seat is a bad idea but I’d like to see this on sale, too.

  • FlameWater

    lol to anyone who says cars are a dying trend

    • baofe

      Are you serious?! Cars are slowly getting surpassed by SUVs/CUVs here in NA. Just look at the sales numbers. This concept isn’t a car in the sense of a sedan/coupe that competes for the mass market (compact, mid-size, etc.) You’re basically saying they developed a cure for polio why are people still dying from cancer..

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