Lot #1584.1 - The only existing gravity racer design of the Audi marquee was designed here in California at VW groups advanced Design Centre, formerly in Simi Valley but now residing in Santa Monica. Winner of an Innovation award in the 2005 XGR series, the chassis was designed for smooth curves and maximum flexibility, in what appears to be a very cab rearwards design.
The composite body on alloy tubular chassis shares steering principles with a skateboard. This approach affords a minimum steer angle at the front and rear avoiding time sapping tire friction losses. The styling, reminiscent of Auto Union racers, takes aerodynamic advantage of the low steer angle by fairing in both front and rear wheels to minimize the frontal area that has to push through the air.
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