World's Largest Audi Centre Opens - The Audi Nuvolari Quattro Concept Study Debut | Part Two

An Audi brand experience

Internet access is also offered in the free internet bar, and breakfast, lunch or a quiet coffee can be enjoyed in the bistro-style Le Mans Café. While adults relax in the café, children can safely let off steam in the TT Children’s Play Area, which incorporates a miniature racetrack, PlayStation consoles and a two-tier climbing frame. Adults also have their own play space in the grounds of the Centre in the form of a purpose-built off-road track where the allroad quattro and forthcoming Q7 Sports Utility Vehicle will come into their own.

Glasgow Audi also offers extensive and fully equipped conference facilities for hire by independent local and national organisations. The largest of the Centre’s three dedicated state-of-the-art conference rooms is located on the Avus deck on the top floor of the building and is capable of accommodating up to 140 people.

During corporate events delegates can enjoy lunch or dinner from a full à la carte menu in the 160-seat silver service restaurant on the top floor dedicated specifically to conference and event use.

The Centre is also a place of learning, housing its own Audi Academy training facility to help Audi employees from all over the UK to familiarise themselves with the latest techniques and processes.

Commenting on the new Centre of Excellence, Managing Director of Audi UK Kevin Rose said: "Glasgow Audi combines a new name with an exciting new approach to retailing that fully represents the brand’s core values, and will allow us to develop further our service to our Glasgow customers. It is not only an extraordinary showcase both for Audi cars and for the philosophy of Vorsprung durch Technik, but also a £15 million vote of confidence in the powerful future of the Audi brand in Scotland."

The Audi Nuvolari Quattro Concept Study

The Audi Nuvolari quattro concept study made its British public debut at the official opening of Glasgow Audi on Thursday November 25. The car which first signalled the new Audi styling direction now characterised by A3 Sportback, A4, A6 and A8 models is a two-door coupé with 2 + 2 seating and classic GT proportions. Its all-aluminium body panels are mounted on an aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF), following the exceptionally successful example first set by the road-going A8 luxury saloon, resulting in an excellent power-to-weight ratio and high rigidity.

The Nuvolari quattro features the most powerful engine so far developed by Audi for use in a roadgoing vehicle: a 5.0-litre V10 ‘biturbo’ with FSI direct fuel injection, a power output of 600PS and maximum torque of 750 Newton-metres. The Nuvolari quattro concept car accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 4.1 seconds and has a governed maximum speed of 155mph.

Power and torque are delivered to the wheels according to traction needs via a six-speed automatic transmission using shift-by-wire technology. The driver can also select the gears manually using paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

As a matter of course, an Audi as powerful as this features quattro permanent four-wheel drive and a motor-sport brake system with appropriately large, drilled brake discs set behind the 9-arm wheels.

Following the unveiling of the Nuvolari quattro at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, Walter de’Silva, Head of Design for the Audi brand group, commented: "The Nuvolari quattro outlines the direction that Audi’s exterior and interior design will take. We are aware of our brand’s heritage and will continue this success story in evolutionary steps."

Published : 28/11/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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