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This 815hp Audi EV is literally Gran Turismo made real

This 815hp Audi EV is literally Gran Turismo made real

Developed from scratch in just 11 months, this all-electric E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo will make its first public appearance in Rome on April 14, where it will be used as a demonstrator vehicle, with lucky Audi customers and guests getting rides ahead of the Italian city's upcoming Formula E race. Each motor outputs 200 kW (268 horsepower), with two motors on the rear axle and one on the front axle. Weighing in at under 3,200 pounds (batteries are heavy), Audi says the E-Tron will accelerate to 62 miles per hour in under 2.5 seconds. "Our aim was a fully functional auto", explained Audi's chief designer Marc Lichte. Sniffing a Formula E promotion in the making, however, Audi's engineers were given the task of taking the Gran Turismo vehicle and building it for real.

In addition to the e-tron model, a hybrid Audi Vision Gran Turismo has also been revealed. Our aim was a fully functional vehicle.

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It also hints at possible plans by Audi to bolster its presence in the supercar ranks with a new performance based e-tron model that, Ingolstadt insiders suggest, could compliment the R8 with pure electric drive. "This auto incorporates numerous elements of our new design language such as the inverted single frame in the vehicle's color that will be typical for our new e-tronmodels".

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Its electric powertrain boasts a total of 600kW, or 793bhp.

A one-off according to the brand, the real auto looks even better in the flesh, and Audi says its sharp angles and aggressive livery is strongly influenced by the legendary Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO.

Be sure to grab the Audi Vision GT and the Audi e-tron Vision GT via game update as of today. Weighing just 1,450kg - distributed 50:50 over the front and rear wheels - this means it boasts a power to weight ratio of more than 550bhp per tonne. Development took just eleven months, and the vehicle will be present at all Formula E races in Europe, as well as at several other events this year. That power-to-weight ratio allows it to get from 0-60 miles per hour in a rapid 2.5 seconds.

Audi's e-tron Vision GT will be driven by former DTM driver Rahel Frey of Switzerland or Le Mans victor Dindo Capello of Italy.