The carmaker has chosen Monterey Car Week to make a statement about the future, and that statement is called the PB18 e-Tron. This is the first time Audi has unveiled a concept at Pebble Beach, and it's quite something. The car is powered by three electric motors, outputting up to 570 kW (764 horsepower). The all-wheel-drive vehicle has three electric motors (two in the back, one in the front). While the car is a giant ball of performance, Audi says the car is at home off the track.
Once the driver is seated; the dash cluster, steering wheel, and pedals automatically move towards the center of the car. It's slick and the driver enters the vehicle on the left-hand side like you would any production vehicle. "We want to offer the driver an experience that is otherwise available only in a racing car like the Audi R18," said Gael Buzyn, head of the Audi Design Loft in Malibu. "That's why we developed the interior around the ideal driver's position in the center." Audi says that the PB18 e-Tron should be able to go from a standstill to 62mph (100km/h) in just over two seconds. That should put the PB18 on par with the dearly departed R18 race car.
The car’s electric powertrain is what enables this incredible achievement. Ditching the hulking engine up front allows for all sorts of interesting moves. Instead, the concept has a 95-kWh battery pack that offers 310 miles of range and can be refilled right quick with an 800-volt charger.