Home LifeStyle  Luxury Cars Audi A5 Aluminum Prototype Sheds 220-Pounds

Audi A5 Aluminum Prototype Sheds 220-Pounds

Posted: Sep. 30th, 2009  |  By JustLuxe Team
RSS Syndicated News Email a Friend Suggest an Article Share Visit Website
Luxury Vehicles: In the tradition of the Hollywood weight loss diet, Audi has revealed how to chop almost 220-pounds from its A5 Coupe with its latest Aluminum Prototype. Based around the A5 Coupe, Audi engineers have swapped steel for advanced aluminium and carbon-fiber construction in the interest of fuel economy, emissions reduction and handling agility.

Considering the fact that cars have been getting heavier due to increased safety features and higher feature specs, only a few car companies have managed to reverse the trend in their own cars.

Taking an existing steel-bodied production car as its basis, the A5 project car clearly demonstrates the benefits of the aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) concept. Use of the ASF principle reduces the weight of a car body by at least 40% compared with conventional steel construction, and this shows in a curb weight of 2,888-pounds for the aluminum A5 prototype, versus a total of 3,130-pounds for the equivalent steel-bodied series production model.

The lighter weight means the A5 Coupe Aluminum Prototype powered by a four-cylinder engine offers the same performance of a V-6.

The lightweight design of the test car not only enables a smaller engine to supplement a larger one with no impact on performance and gains in economy and emissions, but also has a knock-on effect on ancillaries such as the brakes and transmission, which can also be reduced in size and weight. It also benefits handling and dynamics thanks to the reduction in unsprung weight.

Motor Authority
JustLuxe Contributor
Related Topics : Lifestyle News
Share on Facebook Share
See Next Article
Write a Story/Review about this topic

Post a Comment

 
Related Articles
Featured Contributor
Joseph VasquezJoseph Vasquez
With such an outstanding reputation for luxury cars, it’s often hard to find something to change in...
Read More | View Profile
The Best of Luxury
Event Calendar
Keeping Up with JustLuxe
Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on TwitterRSS Feeds
Sign Up for Our Newsletter!
Current News & Features
Yacht Hunting? Check Out the New Oceanis 60 Sailboat
Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 Will Drive Itself
Warm Your Home (Or Just Make it Look Really Cool) with Eco-Friendly, Smoke-Free Cocoon Fireplaces
Is the SPIN Dial the Remote of the Future? We Hope So
LA Carlyle Residences Report Record Sales, $225M So Far
This is How You Elevate a Holiday Dinner Party With Perfect Table Etiquette
Aëdle Will Engrave Whatever You Want On Their VK-1 Headphones
McLaren Engineer Designs VanDutch Gocycle G2 Electric Bike
Forget Roasting Chestnuts, Whip Them Into a Tiramisu Instead
Sure You Drink It, But How Much Do You Really Know About Absolut Vodka?
See the complete list

Best of Luxury

Finding the best in luxury can be a daunting task, which is why we've taken it on for you.
View All Best of Luxury
LivingLuxe. Exclusive Deals and Luxury Brands. Learn More
JustLuxe Galleries presents Popular Photo Galleries
Meet Our Writers Become a Contributor
What Does Perfection Mean? Overfinch Thinks They Have the Answer
Mila Pantovich »
6 Killer New Cars Debuting at the LA Auto Show Right Now
JustLuxe Team »
See More Contributors
THINGS WE LIKE