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This new Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is an all-electric race auto that's been designed digitally for the new Gran Turismo Sport game for Playstation 4.

The all-wheel-drive concept has three electric motors, each of which produces 200 kilowatts or 280 horsepower. In total, it gives the auto a whopping 815 horsepower - considerably more, you might note, than even the most powerful R8 V10 in the company's production vehicle line-up. Weighing in at under 3,200 pounds (batteries are heavy), Audi says the E-Tron will accelerate to 62 miles per hour in under 2.5 seconds.

"This auto incorporates numerous elements of our new design language such as the inverted single frame in the vehicle's color that will be typical for our new e-tron models", Marc Lichte, chief designer at Audi, says.

They're the first Vision GT cars to actually drive on a real-world race track.

Over the last eleven months, engineers at Audi's pre-production center developed and produced a real-life version of the vehicle using the automaker's e-tron electric powertrain technology. Our aim was a fully functional vehicle. Starting with the Formula E race in Rome on Saturday, April 14, however, the concept will be deployed as a race taxi.

As well as the speed difference, Gran Turismo Sport players will be able to tell the two Audi VGTs apart via some slight cosmetic differences. "This auto incorporates numerous elements of our new design language such as the inverted single frame in the vehicle's color that will be typical for our new e-tronmodels".

And Audi borrowed many design elements from the iconic Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO, a vehicle that dominated the North American IMSA-GTO racing series with drivers like Hans-Joachim Stuck, Walter Röhrl in 1989.

Altogether, the three electric motors provide a combined 600kW - sufficient, according to Audi, to provide its new 1450kg coupe with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.4kg per kW.

Audi's first all-electric offering, the E-tron Quattro, arrives this year. Total system output is 600 kW (815 hp). Aside from the general amazement at how well it holds itself into corners at speed, and just how nippy it is (0-60mph in under 2.5 seconds, in case you're wondering), reviewer Thomas Geiger believes that "the Audi Vision GT is the kind of auto that will convince even the most skeptical petrolheads about electric cars". At the wheel will either be ex-DTM driver Rahel Frey or ex-Le Mans driver Dindo Capello.

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