Since its launch, we’ve seen very little video of the Audi PB18 e-tron. All the video we’ve seen is the same — “look at this car”-type stuff. However, Supercar Blondie (aka Alex Hirschi) had the chance to check the PB18 e-tron out in person, get inside and actually drive it, which is the first time we’ve seen it even actually move. To say I’m jealous is an understatement.
Just as a refresher, the Audi PB18 e-tron is the brand’s first-ever electric supercar concept car that debuted at Pebble Beach back in 2018 (hence the “PB” in its name). While most new EV concepts are focused on autonomous driving, the PB18 is actually focused on the driver. Audi calls it “Level Zero”, references its lack of emphasis on the different levels of autonomous driving. Instead, the PB18 is designed to bring passion to EV supercars and it does so with a whopping 670 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. According to Audi, it can rocket to 60 mph in just over two seconds.
In this new video, Hirschi gets to not only show us the Audi PB18 e-tron but she’s allowed inside of it. That’s especially cool because its driver’s seat actually slides from the normal position on the left side of the car to the center of the cabin. So it can have either a normal driving position, with the potential for a passenger, or a center driving position like a McLaren F1. She shows this off and it’s awesome.
Then, she actually gets to drive it, which is awesome. Obviously, she isn’t allowed to drive it fast or for long, because it’s a zillion-dollar one-off prototype and it probably doesn’t drive very well but it does show that it’s a semi-working prototype. It’s an actual functioning car and not just a show-floor prop.
While we obviously don’t get to see it hooned on a track, Chris Harris-style, that’s only because it’s just a prototype and Audi likely won’t let anyone without a four-ring badge drive it much. However, we’re grateful that we get to see this much of it and Hirschi does a great job of getting us up and close with one of the coolest electric concept cars to come out in a long time.