Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution. Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns.

Audi testing carbon-fiber exoskeleton “chairless chair” for assembly workers at Neckarsulm

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Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities at its plant in Neckarsulm: the “chairless chair.” The carbon-fiber exoskeleton allows employees to sit without a chair. The chairless chair, which Audi has further developed together with a Swiss start?up

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Audi advances in-plant human-robot cooperation; CFRP roof installation

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At Audi’s Ingolstadt plant, humans and robots are now working side-by-side without a protective fence in an advance in human-robot cooperation (HRC). This marks the first time Audi is using an HRC light robot in its main plant for applying adhesive in final assembly.

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Audi unveils its first all-electric racer for Formula E; new powertrain from Audi/Schaeffler

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In Neuberg, Germany, Audi presented the Group’s first all-electric race car: the Audi e-tron FE04 for the Formula E series. The combination of the motor and transmission is the centerpiece of the Audi e-tron FE04. —Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.

2017 84

Audi introduces new A4 Avant g-tron; Audi e-gas offered as standard

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Audi has introduced the natural-gas-fueled A4 Avant g-tron; dealers in Europe will begin taking orders for the midsize model starting in early summer 2017. With this deal, Audi is reducing the CO 2 emissions of the g-tron fleet when running on gas by 80%. Audi e-gas.

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Audi introduces connected mobility concept in Beijing; electric longboard integrated with intelligent nav system

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At Auto China 2016 in Beijing, Audi is presenting the Audi connected mobility concept, a concept car based on the Audi Q3, the brand’s urban compact SUV. The board’s premium design includes superior materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum.

2016 78

Next-gen Audi A8 introduces new four-material space frame; light weight and rigid

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The resulting low weight and impressive rigidity—the upcoming flagship’s torsional rigidity surpasses the predecessor model’s rigidity value by up to 24%—from the multi-material construction of the Audi Space Frame (ASF) offer greater performance, efficiency and safety.

2017 89

A closer look at Audi’s new R8 e-tron EV and battery

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The model line-up of the second generation of Audi’s high-performance R8 sports car, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, includes the new R8 e-tron battery-electric vehicle.

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Audi introducing Audi prologue Avant diesel plug-in hybrid show car at Geneva; 147 mpg, wireless charging

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi presented the Audi prologue concept car, featuring a mild hybrid powertrain with a 48V electrical subsystem. Both prologue variants provide a view into coming Audi design language, as well as the technology experience inside and outside.

2015 78

Audi unveils h-tron quattro fuel cell SUV concept at Detroit; MLB evo platform

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In a demonstration of its ongoing development of advanced alternative powertrains, Audi unveiled the new h-tron quattro fuel cell concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). kWh pack), which Audi presented in November 2014.

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Audi revamps 2015 R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans diesel hybrid racer; 4MJ class

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In the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the season’s pinnacle event, Audi will compete with a thoroughly revised R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid racer in the 4-megajoule class. —Jörg Zander, Audi Sport’s new Head of Engineering.

2015 107

Audi showcasing R8 e-tron piloted driving EV at CES Asia; piloted driving Audi A7 Sportback

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At CES Asia 2015 in Shanghai, Audi is showcasing a piloted driving technology study version of its new R8 e-tron battery-electric sports car, introduced earlier this year at the Geneva show. Audi is also featuring a piloted driving version of its A7 Sportback.

2015 78

Audi introduces sport e-bike concept at Wörthersee

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Audi e-bike Wörthersee. One of the highlights on the Audi stand at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour in Austria (an annual gathering of Audi VW, Seat and Skoda enthusiasts) is an electric bicycle technology concept: the Audi e-bike Wörthersee. Click to enlarge.

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Audi launches next-gen A4 with new Millerized TFSI engine; g-tron model w/ Audi e-gas

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Audi has unveiled the new-generation Audi A4 and A4 Avant, developed with a high priority on the reduction of CO 2 emissions. TFSI based on Miller cycle, introduced by Audi earlier this year at the Vienna Motor Symposium. Audi A4 2.0 Audi A4 Avant 3.0

2015 94

New Audi electric urban concept

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Audi has unveiled a new electric urban concept—a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The cockpit consists of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, which integrates the undercarriage of both seats. The technical study does not fit within conventional categories; Audi says that its new concept combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car.

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Audi to offer new R8 e-tron EV on request; almost 2x pack capacity, 280-mile range with new Li-ion technology (update 1)

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Audi is presenting the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car at the upcoming Geneva show, featuring new V10 engines, newly developed quattro drive, and a new multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF) combining aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP).

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Audi to introduce natural gas A3 Sportback g-tron at year’s end; CO2-neutral e-gas

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Audi A3 Sportback g-tron. Audi will introduce the compact A3 Sportback g-tron—which can be powered by the CO 2 -neutral Audi e-gas, synthetic methane generated from eco-electricity in the Audi e-gas project ( earlier post )—at the end of the year.

2013 97

World record for the Audi R8 e-tron at the Nürburgring

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The Audi R8 e-tron ( earlier post ) has set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. —achieved with a Gumpert Apollo Sport, which is powered by a 515 kW (700 hp) Audi V8 gasoline engine.

2012 94

Audi to unveil Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept plug-in hybrid at CES; 700 hp and 94 mpg

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Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept. Audi will present the Audi Sport quattro laserlight plug-in hybrid concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from 6 to 10 January in Las Vegas. An Audi wallbox that is used for charging provides for optimal energy transfer. The Audi drive select dynamic vehicle handling system offers even more control options; individual driving profiles are set up for different levels of regenerative braking.

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro: diesel hybrid Le Mans racer with electric flywheel energy storage

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Audi Motorsport unveiled the R18 e-tron quattro: the first LMP1 car to combine a highly-efficient TDI diesel engine with a hybrid system. On the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, kinetic energy is recovered on the front axle during the braking phase.

2012 97

Audi’s 544 hp V10 diesel quattro concept averages 30 mpg; integral steering

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Audi unveiled the V10 TDI diesel nanuk quattro concept show car prior to the the IAA in Frankfurt. The engine’s twin-turbo register charging unit is controlled via the Audi valvelift system (AVS). Audi nanuk quattro show car.

2013 78

Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid with flywheel energy system wins Le Mans; first hybrid win there

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Marking the first victory of a hybrid vehicle at Le Mans, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro ( earlier post ), equipped with Williams Hybrid Power’s (WHP) electromechanical hybrid flywheel system, took the top two spots at the 80 th running of the endurance race over the weeken.

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Audi takes plug-in diesel hybrid e-tron Spyder concept, Q5 hybrid to Le Mans

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Former Le Mans Winner Frank Biela driving the Audi e-tron Spyder. Along with the e-tron Spyder, Audi sent an Audi Q5 hybrid quattro ( earlier post , earlier post ). The engine hood and numerous add-on parts are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).

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Audi presents A6 L e-tron PHEV concept at Auto China in Beijing

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Audi is presenting the Audi A6 L e-tron concept at Auto China 2012 in Beijing. Audi says that with its first e-tron technology study in the luxury class, it is showing what a locally produced New Energy Vehicle from Audi might look like. The A6 L e-tron PHEV concept.

2012 78

Audi A2 Electrifies Frankfurt Auto Show

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Audi A2 Concept: A Crossover for the Urban Driver. Audi is using this year’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt to showcase the Audi A2 Concept, a electric crossover for urban driving that the company says will give drivers “a peek into the future of electric mobility.”.

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BMW i3 Electric Car Teardown: Profitable At 20,000 Units, Says Engineer (Video)

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Its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell and aluminum chassis are unlike anything found in most other cars--let alone its floor-mounted battery pack and optional range-extending two-cylinder engine. DON''T MISS: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche Electric Cars

2015 83

Audi highlights its range of electrification efforts; Q7 diesel PHEV, A7 fuel cell PHEV, BEV, 48V and more; 750 Wh/l by 2025

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Audi presented a range of its ongoing work on electromobility and efficiency—from fuels and systems to full vehicles—under the “Future Performance Days 2015” banner. On the full vehicle side, Audi put forward the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0

2015 89

Audi Introduces the e-tron Electric Sports Car Concept

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The Audi e-tron concept. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi unveiled the e-tron. Audi engineers are also working on an inductive (wireless) charging solution to make charging more convenient. The Audi development engineers drew on the core competence of the company for the e-tron.

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Audi presenting plug-in hybrid Sport quattro concept show car at Frankfurt; 700 hp and 94 mpg

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The Audi Sport quattro concept. At the upcoming 2013 IAA in Frankfurt am Main, Audi will present the Audi Sport quattro concept show car—a coupé plug-in hybrid with a system output of 515 kW (700 hp). The new Audi Sport quattro concept show car, which picks up on an Audi quattro concept study of three years ago, combines acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 3.7 The Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) on electric power alone.

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Audi crosslane coupé dual-mode plug-in hybrid concept makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show; 214 mpg US

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Audi crosslane coupé plug-in hybrid concept car. Audi introduced its crosslane coupé plug-in hybrid concept at the Paris Motor Show, saying that the vehicle provides a glimpse of the future shape of design, and automotive and drive concepts. The 2+2-seater Audi crosslane coupé is 4.21

2012 89

Electric Audi R8 e-Tron To Pioneer Digital Rear-View Mirror

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Think of motorsport-inspired technology and your thoughts may turn to disc brakes, active suspension and carbon fiber chassis. It's not always that glamorous though, as demonstrated by a piece of technology emerging from Audi in the near future. Developed for the R18 e-Tron quattros that won the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, a

Volkswagen Group shows 3 hydrogen fuel cell concepts at LA Show: Audi A7 Sportback h-tron; Golf Sportwagen HyMotion; Passat HyMotion

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Audi A7 Sportback h-tron. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi, during a fuel cell technology workshop held at the LA show, and may be ready to talk about that technology by the end of next year. Click to enlarge.

2014 97

Audi Showcases Lightweight Construction in High-Performance R8 GT

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The Audi R8 GT. Audi has presented a limited-production version of it R8 high-performance sports car, the R8 GT. FSI quattro is already an example of Audi’s lightweight construction philosophy. Its aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) body weighs 210 kilograms (462.97

2010 78

Audi introducing electric 1+1 urban concept at Frankfurt with support for wireless charging; more detail on electric A2 concept

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Audi urban concept with support for wireless charging. Audi is introducing a 1+1 urban concept technology study for urban and metropolitan areas. The Audi urban concept uses pushrod technology borrowed from motorsports. Audi Wireless Charging.

2011 78

Audi Introduces Second e-tron Electric Sportscar Concept at Detroit Show

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Audi e-tron Detroit Showcar. Audi introduced a new electric sportscar concept at the North American International Auto Show, its second following the introduction of the initial e-tron at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Detroit showcar Audi e-tron is a 3.93

2010 84

Audi Ag and Voith GmbH form development partnership for fiber-reinforced materials for automotive production

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Audi Ag and Voith GmbH signed a letter of intent regarding a development partnership to promote industrialization of fiber-reinforced materials, particularly through developing a highly automated process chain for high-volume automotive production. Fiber-reinforced polymers offer weight and strength advantages, which we have already put to use in the Audi R8 and the Audi RS 3, for instance. —Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI Ag.

2011 60

Cytec strengthens automotive composite development with new equity position in C-CON Holdings

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The companies have also signed a joint development agreement to develop novel Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) processing techniques for high volume production for the serial automotive market, building on pioneering work done by C-CON, and leveraging Cytec’s materials development capabilities. C-CON, a privately held company headquartered in Germany, is a recognized engineering partner to several European automotive OEM companies including BMW Group, Daimler, VW and Audi.

2014 60

Wirtschafts Woche: VW to make 250 XL1s, priced at $145,000 each

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The XL1 is aggressively optimized for efficiency in all areas of its design and technology—from materials (carbon fiber reinforced polymer monocoque); to powertrain (0.8L The car is more of a lighthouse as a business model,” said Ulrich Hackenberg [Board Member for development of Audi and head of development coordination for the Volkswagen Group].

2013 69

Bus maker Alexander Dennis to fit GKN Gyrodrive flywheel hybrid systems to 250 buses; partners on international development

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Instead of a battery, the Gyrodrive system uses a magnetically loaded high-speed carbon-fiber flywheel to store the energy generated by a bus as it slows down to stop. ADL’s Euro6 Enviro400 bus—the UK’s best-selling double decker—fitted with the Gyrodrive system recently achieved Low Carbon Emission Bus Certification, which acknowledges a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and entitles operators to enhanced fuel rebates. Gyrodrive. Click to enlarge.

2014 60

NVIDIA unveils Tegra K1 192-core mobile processor; ADAS applications on the way to autonomous driving

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Using NVIDIA’s Material Definition Language—which simulates how light reflects and refracts off of actual materials—digital instrument clusters and infotainment systems can be customized with a wide range of virtual materials, from copper, titanium and brushed aluminum, to stitched leather and carbon fiber. Tegra K1 opens a new chapter for Audi to deliver revolutionary supercomputing advances to the car, paving the way to piloted driving experiences.

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