Vision For The GT Of The Future Audi Nuvolari Quattro | Part Two

Audi Nuvolari Quattro Design Study


The aluminium suspension on the Nuvolari quattro also satisfies all the requirements of a high-powered Gran Turismo car. The four-link front axle, the trapezoidal-link rear axle and the adaptive air suspension are the key to excellent handling and typical sports-car liveliness. The air suspension improves the Nuvolari quattro’s ride comfort and confirms its role as genuine long-distance transport.

Size 265/720 R 560 PAX wheels (equivalent to a visible rim diameter of 20.6 inches) make for excellent road grip and feature safe run-flat operation in case of pressure loss.

Innovative technology can be found everywhere in this vehicle. A few examples: the electro-mechanical parking brake and the shift lever for the six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission operate "by wire", without any mechanical links. The powerful headlights and the rear lights use an LED light source and the rear lights have adaptive infrared control which adjusts the brightness of the LED diodes to match visibility and weather conditions.

The Nuvolari features the groundbreaking MMI Multi Media Interface for infotainment and vehicle system communication. This system has received praise from throughout the trade press for its advanced ergonomics and intuitive operating concept.

After the debut of the Pikes Peak quattro crossover study at the Detroit Motor Show, the Nuvolari is the second car in 2003 that reveals the future path that the Audi brand will take: a future notable for systematic sporting character, highly advanced technology, unique design and an emphasis on exclusiveness.

The name of the Audi study pays homage to a racing legend: Tazio Nuvolari, who on September 3, 1939 in Belgrade was the last driver to win a Grand Prix in an Auto Union car. Nuvolari was born in Mantua, Italy, in 1892 and died there in 1953; he wrote motor racing history as scarcely anyone else did in the first half of the last century. His trademarks were his daring, spectacular driving style and the yellow pullover he always wore in the car.

Published 11 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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