The Audi Quattro was once famous for its supercharged five-cylinder. But times have changed, so the car is now returning in the form of an electric car.
The advent of electromobility in the automotive industry has attracted a number of new entities that have not yet had experience in this area. While some would like to repeat Tesla’s success, others are more of a garage project building more limited specialties. Among them is also the recently introduced E-Legend, which decided to revive the famous Audi Quattro.
The E-Legend EL1 is a sports coupe with an electric drive that does not deny the inspiration of the famous race car from the eighties. After all, the company’s founder Marcus Holzinger, who feels personally connected with Quattre, also admits this. His father was directly involved in the Sport Quattra. Holzinger then designed the EL1 himself, drawing on his experience in the Volkswagen design department.
At the same time, the electric novelty does not deny the sporty character like the original. There are three electric motors with a total output of 600 kW in the bowels. One is at the front, two at the rear axle, which provides all-wheel drive. Such a force is supposed to mean that the EL1 accelerates from 0-100 km / h in less than 2.8 seconds and is on the two hundred in less than 10 seconds. The maximum speed should then be around 255 km / h.
In addition to the dizzying force of such values, the low weight of electric cars should also help. The basis is a light carbon monocoque, which is to ensure a curb weight of around 1,680 kg. In any case, the batteries located in the central tunnel and behind the seats alone weigh 550 kg.
The batteries provide a capacity of 90 kWh and although the authors do not comment on the standard range, they mention that it is enough for the E-Legend EL1 to handle two rounds of sharp driving on the famous North Loop of the Nürbugring. The battery can then be charged with 150 kW DC.
E-Legend EL1 is not completely finished yet. The interior has not been introduced at all yet, although the authors promise standard equipment including air conditioning, a rear parking camera or navigation. The equipment should also include lifting the front axle or adaptive chassis.
In any case, the German company based in the town of Beilngries, near Ingolstadt, Audi’s headquarters, plans to build 30 pieces of this special, with the first prototype to be completed in 2022, with the car reaching the first customers a year later. The basic price is set at EUR 1.06 million.
In addition, the company plans to build two more cars inspired by former rally specials. It will not be clear which ones will be, but during the presentation of the EL1, such models as the Lancia Stratos, Lancia 037 or Renault 5 Maxi Turbo were mentioned, so they are offered as other projects. Group B and electric drive doesn’t go well together, but in today’s world, E-Legend can find its clientele. Or not?