21st Century : Cars : Audi Project Rosemeyer
This mean, menacing, crouching vehicle is not a TT on a serious course of steroids, but the latest production from the Audi Design Team - Project Rosemeyer.
Named after legendary racing driver Bernd Rosemeyer, himself quite a big lad, this car bears many features reminiscent of the historic Silver Arrow Auto Union record-breakers of the 1930's. The massive radiator grille, the long engine cover falling away to the rear with it's vertical air inlet slots, the gleaming brushed aluminuim bodywork: all these features capture the spirit of cars from a bygone era.
Also, like the Silver Arrows, this vehicle could be powered by a large capacity 16-cylinder engine, positioned just in front of the rear axle. There is certainly enough space between those giant rear wheel arches. This concept would also no doubt feature Audi's Quattro permanent four-wheel drive system.
Other external elements include xenon headlights behind clear glass covers, large diameter drilled brake discs behind impressively large 7-spoke wheels and cameras instead of mirrors to satisfy the demands of the aerodynamics engineers.
The interior is trimmed with fire-resistant quilted Nomex like a racing car or helicopter cockpit. Two leather-covered bucket seats accomodate the driver and passenger behind a panoramic wrap-around windscreen. Controls include adjustable racing pedals, an open lever gate for the six-speed gearbox mounted on the prominent centre tunnel and a steering wheel with four spokes at 90°: intervals.
At the rear of the cockpit is a window which provides a clear view of the powerful engine, with an analog tachometer to give it's pulse reading. The interior also features brushed aluminium, carbon fibre and leather trim.
As far as we know, Audi has no plans to produce this vehicle. It is a prototype and is not ready to be driven, nor has it been created in anticipation of a production vehicle: it is a technological and design showcase of the potential of the Audi brand.