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Audi AI:Race supercar powers into the Museum of the Future

The wirelessly charged 'true masterpiece of automotive engineering' joins Audi Middle East line-up at Dubai's tech showcase

Audi Middle East has brought the brand’s AI:RACE prototype model to the Middle East via Dubai’s Museum of the Future.

Described as a ground-breaking prototype, Audi says the AI:RACE is: “a true masterpiece of automotive engineering, and is the embodiment of Audi’s forward-thinking, innovative spirit. Sleek, powerful and eco-friendly, the Audi AI:RACE is an all-electric, high-performance supercar that promises to redefine the future of driving.”

The AI:RACE joins several other models and concept cars in the Museum of the Future, including the Audi Vision GT, A6 Avant e-tron concept, Skysphere, A:I ME, and its most recent exhibit, the S1 Hoonitron.

Part of the successful ongoing strategic partnership between Audi Middle East and the museum, which is currently in its second year, the collaboration aims to showcase the future of mobility in a series of exciting Audi concept models to museum visitors. Additional prototypes and concept cars are also set to be displayed later this year, confirmed the firm.

Designed for both the race track and road use, the Audi AI:RACE has no complex systems for piloted driving or comfort features that add unnecessary weight. Instead, the driver’s seat and cockpit are integrated into a uniquely shaped, sliding inner monocoque shell, which can be positioned in the centre for solo driving, creating a monoposto-style setup ideal for the racetrack. The steering and pedals use a unique by-wire design, eliminating the need for a mechanical connection.

“Bringing such unique and futuristic Audi models and concept cars to the region is an aim of ours and this is a truly special moment for Audi and for car enthusiasts in the Middle East,” said Carsten Bender, managing director, Audi Middle East.

“The car’s arrival reflects not only the region’s importance to us but also our commitment to the region and the successful partnership we have with the Museum of the Future. The AI:RACE represents Audi’s vision of the supercar of the future, combining advanced technology, stunning design, and exhilarating performance. I encourage everyone to come and see the AI:RACE for themselves at the Museum of the Future.”

The Audi AI:RACE boasts a powerful electric drivetrain featuring three motors – one at the front and two centrally located between the rear steering knuckles. These motors provide a combined power output of up to 500 kW, with the ability to temporarily boost to 570 kW for maximum acceleration.

The torque output of up to 830 Nm allows the vehicle to reach 0-100 km/h in just over two seconds, making it a true performance machine. One full charge provides a range of over 500 kms in one WLTP cycle, and with the design for charging with a voltage of 800 volts, the battery can be fully charged in only 15 minutes.

Built also for road use with a focus on both maximum efficiency and powerful performance, the AI:RACE brings an option to drivers as they can limit maximum speed in favour of range. The AI:RACE can also be charged cordlessly through Audi Wireless Charging (AWC), where a charging pad with an integral coil is below the car while parked and is connected to the power supply. This creates an alternating magnetic field that yields an alternating voltage to charge the car.

According to Audi, the inspiration from motorsport is also evident throughout the car’s exterior. The AI:RACE is 4.53 metres long, 2 metres wide and just 1.15 metres tall, similar to a classic sports car. It also features a gently sloping roofline from the side, an almost vertical rear window from the back, and a red band of lights that extend across the rear, which borrows from motorsport a highly raised rear diffuser that can be moved mechanically for increased downforce. From the front, the hood of the AI:RACE connects the two accentuated fenders of the car and dips deeply for ideal aerodynamics.

 

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