At the premiere of the Avengers: Endgame movie, Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark, arrived in the Audi E-Tron GT Concept. This car made its initial debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, it’s impressing the fans of the Avenger films after this flashy appearance. While waiting for the premiere, fans were outside of the theatre, when an E-Tron GT pulled up front. To no surprise, Tony Stark hops out of the car in style. Just as the Avengers: Endgame film, Audi wants to dominate the market. Avengers: Endgame has already broken box office records within its first week. Imagine a few weeks down the road! Shh! No Spoilers!
In late 2020, Audi hopes to sell the E-Tron GT as a new model. This vehicle starts with an all-electric AWD system. This setup allows for a range of 248 miles. And, to make road trips less of a headache, this car can tackle 200 miles on a 20-minute charging time. Wow! To power this vehicle, the E-Tron GT sports electric motors boasting 590 horsepower. Furthermore, to store power, a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery system is in place. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 3.5 seconds. Lastly, the E-Tron GT’s top speed is 149 mph.
Will the Audi E-Tron GT Concept Sell on the Market?
In the past, car “gurus” thought electric vehicles weren’t going to work. They weren’t good enough and didn’t provide enough reason to switch. But, nowadays, EVs are the way of the future! So, many people may wonder – will the Audi E-Tron GT Concept sell on the market? The answer is – YES! Just take a glance at the Porsche Taycan. Porsche was definitely hesitant to jump into the EV game. Now, they’re enticing it. The Taycan is so popular, that Porsche is opening a factory just to tackle the demand. So, if Audi does a similar thing, it will most likely do very well. Plus, this car looks absolutely stunning. So, how could one go wrong?
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Recently, a security guard that works for a mall in Saudi Arabia made a video showing an Aston Martin driving inside the building. During the video, the guard mentions that he’s heard the mall has been rented out. So, speculation begins – did somebody rent the entire mall to shop in their Aston Martin? Maybe yes? Maybe no? Could it simply be a movie set taking place in the mall? Nobody truly knows, at least in the news spectrum. But, surely, the real story will arrive at some point. Until then, let’s enjoy this bizarre and rare scenario!
”I am a security guard at Al Qasr Mall and they’re saying someone rented out the entire place. Look, he’s even cruising here in his car. Looks like he’s super rich. May God grant us the same” – Security Guard at Al Qasr Mall
So, someone may have truly rented an entire mall to drive their Aston Martin inside while shopping. So, you may be wondering, where could this take place? Well, sources state that it was at the Al Qasr Mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For those that don’t know, Riyadh is the capital and most populous city of the country. So, there are plenty of wealthy businessman in the region. Hence, this probably isn’t a complete shock to this part of the world. This city is like the Dubai of Saudi Arabia, but were not here to debate or compare.
How Much Would It Cost to Rent an Entire Mall?
Al Qasr Mall – Interior – Riyadh in Saudi Arabia – Dar Al Arkan – EuroDrift
So, now for the real question – how much would it cost to rent an entire mall? Well, this is not easily found on Google like most estimates. But, why not take a jab at it? The guess is that this would cost anywhere from as little as $10,000 up to $50,000. To restrict access to tons of customers, this person must’ve been filling a blank check. This leads to even more questions – What? Why? How? When? Well… at least there’s an Aston Martin in the picture. But, either way, it is quite the story. Maybe there will be an actual answer someday. Until then, let’s speculate and see who wins the guessing game!
Al Qasr Mall – Exterior Corner – Riyadh in Saudi Arabia – Dar Al Arkan – EuroDrift
As with the recent trend, Audi is continuing its path towards the fully autonomous EV future of the auto industry. For the current ongoing Shanghai Auto Show, the Audi AI:ME made its debut to the public. Specifically, this car is targeting “megacities” where large populations live in vast cities with high traffic. Being fully autonomous, electric, and customizable, this car is pretty cool. But, no one will technically own one of these cars. The goal for Audi is to market these vehicles as shareable and short-term rentable. In reality, not only will less vehicles on the road benefit city traffic, it’d probably keep a lot more money in people’s pockets. Parking garages in major cities in the U.S. can easily charge a few hundred dollars to park monthly.
Audi AI:ME – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
168-Horsepower Electric Motor with 65 kWh Battery
Audi AI:ME – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The Audi AI:ME will sport a 168-horsepower electric motor. This will work in conjunction with a 65-kWh battery. Not surprisingly, this is the same as the Volkswagen I.D. that will be releasing as well. And, to the disappointment of possibly many, this car is built to travel between 12 and 47 mph. Yep… that was read correctly. This is because most major cities are so dense with traffic, that these speeds aren’t far off anyway. Heading on a road trip won’t be optimal in this car but getting around a “megacity” shouldn’t be a problem.
Why not kick up your feet and take a ride? It sounds a lot better than sitting in the driver seat doing absolutely nothing anyway but waiting. Most people in busy areas know how it is… gas, pedal, gas, pedal, gas, PEDAL! Why’d that guy slam the brakes! Jeez!
Audi AI:ME – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Commuting in a Relaxing Environment
Audi AI:ME – could this car spawn an all-new A2 EV? – carwow – YouTube
As with most fully autonomous vehicles, the steering wheel and pedals aren’t necessary to get around. So, to no surprise, the Audi AI:ME’s steering wheel and pedals retract away for additional space. To top it off, a picnic type table pops out for use during the journey. Depending on the passengers preferences, the lighting and seat config can be altered for max comfort. This includes power retraction of the rear seats. Furthermore, this car has active dampers for a comfortable ride.
As per the final notable attribute, this car has a body of aluminum, plastic, and steel. Yes, plastic! As long as its safe, this car will be awesome for the city people.
Audi AI:ME – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Tesla Explosion Damages Audi in Shanghai Parking Garage
Recently, in a parking garage in Shanghai, China, a Tesla Model S randomly exploded unexpectedly. Although Tesla seriously believes these EVs explode less than typical cars, it does happen. Moreover, it tends to happen on camera more often than not. But that isn’t a red flag that the car isn’t reliable. Tesla builds great quality vehicles of the future, now. As with any car, problems are something that happen to almost everyone at some point. But, truthfully, not everyone has a Tesla that randomly explodes while in a parking garage. To no surprise, this is not too far from where Tesla is building the Gigafactory 3. So, that leaves some people wondering… but that’s not of interest here.
Ah! The Poor Audi! Why!? How Could This Happen!?
Audi & Tesla in Parking Garage – During Tesla Model S Explosion – CNBC – EuroDrift
After watching the video, some may feel sorry for the Tesla – but what about the Audi? And the parking garage? From the video, it seems the explosion leads to fire damage on the Audi next to it. Furthermore, the video doesn’t show what happens to the garage itself. Typically, fire damage can be critical on any structure, regardless of material. So, on top of a totaled Tesla, there’s a damaged Audi and parking garage. And, this doesn’t even show any other cars that may have been affected by this explosion. Hopefully, the Tesla owner has insurance, because they’re probably going to need it! Overall, EVs are actually quite safe, so don’t let this deter the consideration to buy one.
Is Parking Next to a Tesla Safe? Yes.
Tesla to investigate apparent Model S explosion in China – CNBC Television – YouTube
In the end, this scenario may leave some people wondering, “is parking next to a Tesla safe?”. Well, yes it is. Why? Because most Tesla models don’t explode, and that’s a fact. Take a look around, there’s Tesla models cruising every major city worldwide. So, it is quite reliable. Unfortunately for the Audi owner, their car was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And, that can happen to anyone. So, parking next to a Tesla isn’t a bad idea… just make sure to have insurance! Just kidding, but insurance is required by law anyway. And, to really think about it, the car wasn’t even active on the road – it was in a parking garage with nobody inside. Overall, this is most likely just a miscellaneous outlier in data rather than a serious issue, so don’t be afraid of EVs!
Audi R8 V10 Decennium – Front Corner Driver Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Recently, Audi made a major debut of the R8 V10 Decennium at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This car is a celebration of 10 years with the 5.2 FSI V10 engine. The initial reveal of this motor was back on December 8 of 2008. Furthermore, the official debut was during the Detroit Auto Show, or North American International Auto Show, in January of 2009. Since then, the motor is seen in R8 models as well as even in Lamborghinis. Obviously, the R8 V10 Decennium is a collector vehicle. To back this up, this model has a limit of 222 units. If buying a Decennium is a goal, expect to pay over $250,000.
Audi R8 V10 Decennium – Engine Bay – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Under the rear hood, the R8 V10 Decennium sports a 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine. This motor boats 620 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the R8 Decennium to reach 62 mph in only 3.1 seconds. Furthermore, as per the top end, this car can reach 206 mph. And, for those that don’t know, FSI stands for “Fuel Stratified Injection”. As with most modern vehicles, this car will have the dual-clutch transmission. In combo, the engine and transmission perform phenomenally. This car is truly a dedication to an amazing Audi engine.
Audi R8 V10 Decennium – Door Design – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Amazing Design & Styling!
2020 Audi R8 Decennium – Interior And Exterior Walkaround – 2019 Geneva Motor Show
While the manufacturer pictures show the Daytona Gray paintjob, the Audi R8 Decennium has many color options. These include: Ascari Blue, Floret Silver, Kemora Gray, Mythos Black, and Suzuka Gray. To complement the exterior, the car sports a bronze intake manifold as well as bronze 20” alloy wheels. Moreover, the car has many gloss black accents including the front spoiler, rear diffuser, and side sills. All of these design elements create an amazing look for this car. As these cars reach the buyers, pictures of different color combos will debut. Then, a decision can be made on the best color scheme for this car! Overall, the Decennium is another amazing V10 vehicle by Audi.
Audi R8 V10 Decennium – Rear Corner Driver Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Front Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi revealed the E-Tron GT Concept. The Audi E-Tron GT Concept is a new EV for the streets of late 2020. This vehicle is an all-electric AWD EV with a range of around 248 miles. Audi states that a charge to 80% takes only 20 minutes for around 200 miles of driving. With four seats plus front and rear storage space, this car is perfect for a luxurious daily driver. Electric vehicles are the way of the future, so may as well hop on the bandwagon.
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
For power, the Audi E-Tron GT Concept uses 590 horsepower of electric motors. These are found on the front and rear axles. To support the system, there is a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery system. This electrical setup allows the car to reach 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph. Furthermore, the battery can be charged wireless or via an 800-volt charging kit. In combo with a super low center of gravity and rear-axle steering, this car shall handle quite nicely as well.
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Welcome to the Future of Audi
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
With the Audi E-Tron GT Concept, Audi shows the future of the company. Electric vehicles are the way of the future, and most manufacturers will follow the trend. On top of being environmentally friendly on a power level, the car has recycled fibers for the interior. This takes it even further in being a “green” car. Although 248 miles isn’t the best in the industry, the car is quite stunning. It kind of looks like an Audi A7, to be honest. Overall, the E-Tron GT Concept is a display of what is to come in the years to come.
When an Audi B5 S4 and a Bugatti Chiron pulled up at the drag racing strip, many people may have suspected a Chiron victory. But, to everyone’s surprise, the Audi B5 S4 ends up outperforming the Bugatti. Beginning with a rolling start, both cars stroll forward. From there, the gas pedals mash. Both cars accelerate aggressively down the track. Somehow, that B5 S4 is keeping up, and passing! To no surprise, the B5 S4 contains enough mods to add over 1,000 horsepower to the base power level. Defeating the 8th fastest production vehicle is no easy task, so props to the S4 owner! This occurred at the SCC500 Rolling 50 1000 event in Germany.
Audi B5 S4 Specifications
Unfortunately, the Audi B5 S4’s performance mods are not readily available to discuss. But, there is an estimation that this car pushes 1,300 horsepower! Phew! That’s fast! Obviously, the car sports BBS wheels, a lowering kit, and a ton of modifications under the hood. This B5 S4 goes by the name “ARLOWS”. Since all modifications aren’t known, let’s review the basics of the base model.
The Audi B5 S4 was an amazing car in the past, and still is today. Starting with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, this car produces 261 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Being such a small, lightweight car has its perks. The newer models are blatantly larger, to the point the modern A4 is the size of the A6 of this generation, if not bigger. From 0 to 60 mph, the stock B5 S4 takes only 5.6 seconds. With a top speed of 155.3 mph, this car is a beast from the past. This car has always been a mod dream car due to the build being accessible for massive growth in ability.
Bugatti Chiron Specifications
The Bugatti Chiron is the 8th fastest production vehicle in the world. So, being beat by an Audi B5 S4 may have been shocking for the owner. But, in reality, many cars can reach this level of power with modifications. Regardless, cars like the Chiron are hypercars meant to be respected at an entirely higher level. The black with red secondary color Chiron in the video has a 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine.
This motor runs in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Producing a whopping 1,479 horsepower, this car is a beast. But, the S5 is a much lighter car, especially with mods and reductions. From 0 to 60 mph, the Chiron takes only 2.5 seconds. No wonder this car is a dream for many!
And… the B5 S4 Wins!
1300HP Audi S4 B5 vs Bugatti Chiron – cvdzijden – Supercar Videos – YouTube
The “ARLOWS” Audi B5 S4 is such a beast that defeating the Chiron wasn’t too difficult of a task. The race may have been close, but as Dom says:
“Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.” – Dom Toretto in The Fast and the Furious (Vin Diesel)
Those who have seen this movie will absolutely understand where this statement comes from. If not, get out there and see the damn movie! Regardless, The Fast and the Furious is a great racing film from the past. But, back to the race. In conclusion, the Audi B5 S4 is an amazing tuner car which is capable of defeating the crème of the crop.
Audi has said that they plan to revive the Horch name for their A8 sedan. The most powerful version of the A8 will rival both Bentley and Rolls in terms of luxury and performance.
The Audi A8 W12 Powertrain
Automotive News reports that the new Audi A8 will come with options for either the V8 or the W12 that is currently only used by Bentley. Specs for the A8 Horch W12 include a 585 bhp, 6.0-litre engine which is more powerful than Audi’s previous generation A8 W12.
In the Bentley Continental, the W12 puts out about 582 horsepower and uses a 6.0-liter engine. The Rolls-Royce Phantom boasts 563 bhp. The modifications planned for the new Horch A8 will now make it competitive with the other W12 cars.
The History of the W12 Engine
The W12 engine was originally used in aircraft engine designs during the 1920’s and Formula One racing cars in the 1980’s. The modern version of the W12 is part of the Volkswagen Group W12 engines and used on several concept and production vehicles.
A journey through the Audi history – The Horch Museum Zwickau – Audi Germany – YouTube
The revival of the Horch name pays tribute to one of Audi’s original founders, just as Mercedes’ revival of Maybach did.
Right now, Audi has no plans for a stand-alone model under the Horch name. Audi has said that they don’t plan to use the moniker on any other vehicle but the Audi A8. It seems fitting that their top-of-the-line vehicle would carry the name of their founder.
Despite the fact that the plans for the Horch A8 W12 are complete, no production date has yet been set.
Note: The 1939 Horch 930V Phaeton picture for the featured image was taken by Ramgeis of Wikimedia Commons.
Worldwide, most gamers have knowledge about the infamous banana peel in Mario Kart. Although the banana attack could be quite devastating to others in the game, nobody tested it in the real world… at least until now. In August of 2018, the YouTube channel TheHoonigans went ahead and put the theory to the test. Instead of using a go-cart, the team uses a beautiful Audi RS5 coupe. To make it even more unique, the car has the well debated Sonoma Green Audi paintjob. The real question is… will the banana cause the RS5 to crash? Well, time to find out!
First, let’s take a moment to discuss the stunning Sonoma green B9 Audi RS5. With a MSRP of $70,875, this car sports a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. This engine produces 444 horsepower and 4443 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with an 8-speed auto transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the RS5 takes only 3.9 seconds. Furthermore, the RS5 can complete a quarter mile in only 12.4 seconds. Lastly, the top speed is 155 mph to 174 mph depending on the governor settings. But, if an aftermarket tune is purchased, that number will be left behind.
The Origins of the Banana Theory
Nintendo 64 Longplay  Mario Kart 64 – World of Longplays – YouTube
In the year of 1992, Nintendo began the now worldwide famous Mario Kart series. The first game, Super Mario Kart, was available on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Not surprisingly, this game is the 4th best-selling SNES video game in the world with almost 9 million units sold. With the Mario Kart game, came the ability to “attack” opponents to slow them down. And no, this doesn’t mean shooting each other with rifles like Call of Duty. This means using attacks such as banana peels and turtle shells. The banana peel was an attack that is left behind by a person up front, or behind, for someone to hit during the current or future lap. Leaving behind a banana even left the opportunity for the peel dropper to run into it themselves. Lastly, just for note, the video above is gameplay from Mario Kart 64, the second video game in the overall series.
And The Results Are In!
Will Banana Peels Make a Car Spin Out?? Mario Kart IRL! – TheHoonigans – YouTube
Well, the results are here! With a ton of banana peels on the track, the Audi RS5 slid slightly more through the turn. But, the slide is nowhere near the level of Mario Kart. This theory could really be tested by simply using a RWD car, such as a BMW M4. With Quattro, the RS5 is basically cheating as it is specifically programmed to maneuver power between wheels to regain control as quickly as possible. Even with stability and traction off, the RS5’s AWD setup would simply benefit the car so. So, next time this is done, whoever it may be, please ensure a RWD car does the job. Although the RS5 is an amazing car, it doesn’t optimize the chances of confirming the Mario Kart banana theory.
At Pebble Beach Automotive Week 2018 in Monterey, California, Audi revealed the PB18 e-tron. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron is a mid-engine high-performance sports car with electric drive. Broad and flat, this car’s inspiration is the track and wind tunnel. Furthermore, this car has absolutely no comfort features or automation. So, unfortunately, it won’t get you from point A to point B automatically. Regardless, this car is no surprise as the auto market aims towards a mostly electric future. With the PB18, Audi didn’t hesitate to show off at Pebble Beach.
“We want to offer the driver an experience that is otherwise available only in a racing car like the Audi R18. That’s why we developed the interior around the ideal driver’s position in the center. Nevertheless, our aim was to also give the PB18 e-tron a high degree of everyday usability, not just for the driver, but also for a potential passenger.” – Gael Buzyn, Head of the Audi Design Loft in Malibu
Showing up to Pebble Beach Automotive Week, the PB18 came prepared to impress. Starting with the interior, this car features a monocoque shell. This allows for lateral movement of the driver seat and steering system. So, for the track, the seat can sit in a center position just like the McLaren F1. On top of that, if the driver seat is positioned in a typical spot, such as left or right, a passenger seat becomes available. This is possible due to the by-wire design for the steering and pedal layout. Beyond the interior, the car is made of aluminum, carbon, and multi-material composites. Just these two features, the interior and frame, make this car a true race car.
Three Electric Motors & Quattro
Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Driving on Track – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron sports 3 electric motors as well as Audi’s signature Quattro. There is one motor in the front with 201 horsepower and two in the rear with a combined 469 horsepower. This means the PB18 has 671 horsepower total on top of it’s 612 lb.-ft. of torque. With boosting, the car can temporarily jump to 764 horsepower to really put the power down. This power setup allows the PB18 to reach 62 mph in slightly over 2 seconds. Fortunately, for traffic situations, max speed can be limited to increase range. Finally, the rear motors are located between steering knuckles driving one wheel each via half-shaft.
To no surprise, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron has a top-notch battery system. Starting with the battery itself, it is a liquid-cooled solid-state setup with 95kWh. This allows the PB18 to cover 310.7 miles with WLTP. With an 800-volt charging requirement, this car reaches full capacity in around 15 minutes. That is quick, closing on the gap between gasoline and battery refueling. Furthermore, the battery recovers energy while braking as it is primarily used to slow down the car. The hydraulic brake only functions under heavy braking.
A final note about the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron is that is can wirelessly charge. Yes, you read that correctly, the PB18 doesn’t need a charger cable. While a charging cable is an option, the car can also charge via induction. To charge cordlessly, this requires the Audi Wireless Charging (AWC) system. For this to work, a charging pad with integral coil is placed on the floor where the car will be parked. This connects it to the power supply. For a deeper understanding, this allows an alternating magnetic field to induce an alternating voltage in the secondary coil fitted in the floor of the car, across an air gap. And no, it will most likely not shock you, as that would be an insane liability for Audi.
A Race Car Suspension System
The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron sports a race quality suspension. Obviously, the system begins with front and rear independent systems. On the front, there is a push-rod setup. As per the rear, there is the typical pull-rod format. Furthermore, in both cases, this works in conjunction with adaptive magnetic ride shock absorbers. Basically, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans racing car serves as the basic architecture for the PB18.
The Future is Here with All-Electric Race Cars
Audi PB18 e-tron – Next-Gen Audi Supercar – YOUCAR – YouTube
With the release on the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron, the future is here. For years, companies and people were unsure of the electric auto market and any potential it held. Now, most companies realize the truth, that electric power is the way of the future. Not only will this allow for cleaner energy usage, but it will also provide better performance. Each year, more and more beautiful EVs are introduced to market. In conclusion, the Audi PB18 is a vision of what to expect on the market in the near future.