But there’s more to it than that.
German luxury marque Audi wowed the crowds at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with their PB18 e-tron supercar concept, showing off that electric mobility will not result in cars looking like pacemakers and feeling just as dour to drive. The PB18 is a fabulous-looking thing, truly maximising the capabilities of electric mobility and what the supercars of tomorrow will probably look like.
Only trouble is, a group of designers at Audi want the car of tomorrow here, in production, today.
This was revealed by Audi exterior design boss Andreas Mindt, who said that his team are “absolutely pushing” for the PB18 to get green-lit for production. Likening themselves to a car, he says the faction of designers within the company pushing for the PB18’s production were like the “engine” of the lobbying efforts, in the hopes that management will heed their cries.
The thing about the PB18 is that it’s not as easy as just flipping a switch, as Mindt explained to Autocar. Certain aspects of the PB18, like the central driving position, would be so complex and expensive to engineer, and the likelihood of breaking even on the investment is small, given that the e-tron would most certainly be a low-volume machine.
Further, the impressive 570kW power output, in addition to all the other performance & range aspects that made the PB18 e-tron so impressive were hinged almost entirely on one component, solid state batteries, that thus far have not yet been properly tested in real-world conditions.
We’re definitely on the side of the design team at Audi because the PB18 e-tron is, undoubtedly, one of the most exciting zero-emissions performance vehicles to come round recently, and definitely looks out of this world. That alone makes it a winner, and it has nothing to do with that adage about motoring journalists and a good estate/sportback…