German automaker Audi is rethinking the way it engineers its cars with cutting weight. Audi’s director of technical development Michael Dick has made a first priority focus on developing a hybrid and electric powertrains and lightweight construction for the next generation-version of Audi’s MLP.
Weight reduction is very important, Dick said and it will be the ”basis for the electrification of the car.” He said that dramatic weight-saving technologies will also be applied to Audi’s conventionally powered vehicles since it allows them improved handling and faster performance with less horsepower.
The company’s first prototype of Audi’s MLP program is a S5 coupe that is 400kg (880 lbs) lighter than the current production model. According to the report, it employs a hybrid steel-aluminum body; engineers can mix varying amounts of aluminum into the structure.
Dick said that even though the experimental S5 is powered by a 230-hp 4-cylinder, it can run a whole lots faster which is 8 seconds faster than its V8 sibling.