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08/12/20
Ingolstadt
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Audi quattro sets standards in the age of electric mobility

Audi TechFocus Newsletter #03

  • Fundamentally new quattro drive architecture for electric models
  • Optimized drive torque distribution in longitudinal and transverse direction
  • Benefits: variable, dynamic, precise and powerful with maximum efficiency

For four decades, Audi has been setting the pace with permanent quattro all-wheel drive and thus initiated a paradigm shift in powertrain technology in the automotive world and in motorsport. The brand is now using the knowledge it has accumulated in this area since 1980 for the next step. The electric quattro in the models of the e-tron range marks Audi’s next milestone achievement in the age of electric mobility. Enjoyable driving and efficiency are fused into a total package.

Why does Audi use electric all-wheel drive?

Electric all-wheel drive of the Audi e-tron (animation)

What is so unique about electric quattro drive compared to competitors?

Animation: Audi e-tron S Sportback - twin motor and electric torque vectoring

When do e-tron and e-tron S models activate their electric all-wheel drive?

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Rear biased torque distribution for optimal efficiency during driving conditions

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Agility: Precontrolled distribution of the drive torque to the rear wheels during turn-in

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Front biased distribution of the driving torque to prevent oversteer

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Distribution of driving torque to prevent understeer, light braking on the inside wheels

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Axle specific distribution of driving torque on surfaces with low grip level (e.g. snow)

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Distribution of driving torque to wheels with the highest grip level

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Distribution of driving torque to rear wheels due to front axle with low grip level

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Distribution of driving torque to front wheels due to rear axle with low grip level

What opportunities does electric quattro open up compared to conventional all-wheel drive?

Audi e-tron
Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Audi e-tron S

How did Audi achieve this high variability in the electric drive system?

Audi e-tron 55 quattro

Electric drivetrain

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Electric drivetrain

Audi e-tron S Sportback

Electric drivetrain

How is this precision control achieved?

Audi e-tron 55 quattro

Network of the quattro drive control system

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro

Network of the quattro drive control system

Can the driver influence the characteristics of the electric quattro?

Audi e-tron S prototype – The Drift

More information

Head of Model Line, Innovation and Technology Communications
Tel. +49 841 89 92441
Spokesman Audi e-tron, Audi Q4 e-tron, Audi TT, electrification, electric engines, batteries, charging infrastructure
Tel. +49 841 89 89615
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