Audi Forum Ingolstadt is showcasing a very special RS3 Sportback equipped with carbon fiber wheels. Our German is a bit rusty but from what we were able to learn after translating the text, this is only a one-off car which as you can see has the engine compartment airbrushed on the hood. In addition, all of the plastic mechanical parts have been either body-colored or have receive a glossy black lacquered finish.
The “quattro” lettering in the lower front grille benefits from LED technology so it lights up when using a remote control. In addition, the tone of the exhaust system can also be altered remotely while carbon fiber was used for both the front and rear diffusers and the side mirror caps.
By far the most important improvement is the installation of a carbon fiber wheel set which isn’t currently in production and Audi Forum Ingolstadt doesn’t know how much weight it saves compared to a conventional alloy set. Details about the wheels are not available at this point, but it should be mentioned Volkswagen has announced plans to start testing carbon fiber wheels developed in collaboration with ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components and Maxion Wheels.
Prototypes based on luxury cars have already been equipped with these wheels which according to Volkswagen are up to 40% lighter than “high performance forged aluminum wheels.” Chances are the first application on a production model will occur next year when Bugatti will launch a successor for the Veyron. The technology will then be trickled down to other models and most likely we will see them in the Audi R8 in a few years.
Getting back to this unique Audi RS3 Sportback at hand, it also has some changes inside the cabin where more carbon fiber was applied on the steering wheel, seat shells and even on the cup holders and ash tray compartment.