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Audi skysphere concept

Audi skysphere electric roadster concept

The Audi skysphere concept is an all-electric two-door convertible with a variable wheelbase and car length.

Electric motors and a mechanism with body and frame components that slide into one another make it possible to vary the wheelbase itself and the exterior length of the car by 250mm and the vehicle’s ground clearance is adjusted by 10mm.

In Sports mode with a reduced wheelbase, and four-wheel steering, the Audi skysphere concept is 4.94 metres long. Or it can be extended to 5.19 metres, when it becomes an autonomous Grand Tourer. In this mode, the steering wheel and pedals move into an invisible area. The Audi skysphere concept also handles parking and charging.

An electric motor positioned on the rear axle delivers 465 kW power and 750Nm of torque to the 1,800kg roadster, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds.

The Audi skysphere’s battery modules are mainly positioned behind the cabin, so it’s a mid-engined EV, although more modules can be found between the seats in the centre tunnel.

The battery’s capacity is expected to be more than 80 kWh, giving the car a range of more than 310 miles (WLTP).

Steering takes place via a steer-by-wire system that controls both the front and the rear wheels. Because the system is not mechanically connected to the front axle, the driver can select different steering ratios and steering settings – all at the touch of a button. This allows the steering to be adjusted from extremely direct to comfortable.

The Audi skysphere will be joined by the Audi grandsphere, and, in 2022, the Audi urbansphere.