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Audi’s real-life ‘Gran Turismo’ car will race at Formula E

The company built the electric vehicle in just eleven months.
Swapna Krishna, @skrishna
April 9, 2018
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Audi originally created the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo for the PlayStation 4, exclusively for virtual racing. But now the company is building the vehicle as a fully fledged, operational concept car. The electric e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will compete in Formula E, starting with the race in Rome on Saturday, April 14th.

The e-Tron Vision Gran Turismo was originally created for Gran Turismo's fifteenth anniversary. Multiple car manufacturers designed cars for the video game and later debuted them as concept cars at trade shows. However, Audi's is the first to actually be a working vehicle that will compete on a race track. It was completed in just eleven months.

"Although the design of a virtual vehicle allows much greater freedom and the creation of concepts which are only hard to implement in reality, we did not want to put a purely fictitious concept on wheels," said Audi's chief designer Marc Licthe. "Our aim was a fully functional car." And indeed appears the company met that goal, as the car will debut on the race track soon.

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