If engineers and designers ran the car industry, we’d have the most incredible automotive machines you could image. Designers would run wild and engineers would turn their designs into reality. However, designers and engineers don’t run the car industry, executives do. Which is unfortunate because they make sure things like cost and market value are taken into account. However, sometimes designers and engineers can push execs into green-lighting really wild projects. Hopefully that happens again, as Audi designers are apparently pushing for the Audi PB18 e-tron to go into development.
According to Autocar, who recently spoke with Audi exterior design boss Andreas Mindt, the design team behind the Audi PB18 e-tron is pushing the board to green-light the Concept. While that’s not very likely to happen, as the PB18 e-tron is extremely complex and expensive, it’s nice to know that people are pushing for it.
We spoke with the PB18 e-tron’s lead designer, Gael Buzyn a couple of times since its debut at Pebble Beach and he’s expressed his desire for it to become a reality. It’s a stunning machine, with high-tech futuristic looks and an interior design dominated by its driver seat. It’s the only car, concept or otherwise, in history to have either a left and center driving position. That’s because it can be both. It starts out with the driver’s seat on the left, with a passenger seat on the right. But the entire driver’s seat module can slide over to the middle, electrically, giving the driver a sort of “monoposto” seating position. We’ve seen it in action and it’s awesome.
Powering the Audi PB18 e-tron are two electric motors, one at each axle, giving it a whopping 670 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, giving it a 0-60 mph time of less than two seconds. So why the hell wouldn’t the designers want it made? Let’s go, Audi, give it the green light.