Every Audi is a synthesis of many pioneering technologies that concentrate on efficiency as much as they do on performance. Case in point, the Audi Space Frame – a stunning manifestation of the company’s attention to detail and its pursuit to deliver the best performance with the use of minimum material. Spurred on by the ambitionto reducing weight to in order increase performance, the Audi Space Frame was introduced over 20 years ago at the 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show. One year later, Audi launched the world’s first volume-production car with unitary aluminum body – the A8. Since then Audi has continually developed theradical ASF bodies, that havenow extended over three generations of the A8. Over the years, the well-established ASF principle has found its way into several other Audi cars including the Audi A2 (2000), the Audi TT (2006), and the Audi R8 (2008). By 2013, Audi had built over 750,000 cars using the ASF construction principle.
Fundamentally, the Audi Space Frame’s structure bears resemblance to the framework of a timbered building. But what makes an ASF body exceptional? For starters, it weighs more than 40 per cent less than one with a steel construction. The lightweight ASF body is accompanied by a wide range of indirect effects; a lighter body facilitates the use of smaller engines, equally trim exhaust systems and smaller fuel tanks, and more compact brakes.
The Audi space frame principle isolates the functions of the several components of the body. Under the purview of the space frame tenet, each material and each component is charged with a particular task. This in turn affords Audi’s development engineers with a fair amount of design related to freedom. Furthermore, the fact that all panels are integrated into the high-strength aluminium frame structure allows them to also perform bear load. The Audi Space Frame’s aluminium body is also recognized for its unprecedented rigidity that gives rise to not only the body’s low weight but also high crash protection. Other than that, ASF bodies translate into multiple benefits for car owners: augmented performance, finer handling, enhanced safety, increased fuel efficiency, effortless repairs, and tempting insurance premiums.
The principle has come a long way since its introduction in 1994. A recent example of its progress would be the R8 V10 plus Coupé that set forth the next progression in the evolution of the Audi Space Frame. The Audi R8 V10 Coupé’s includes 14 per cent carbon elements, a first in the company’s history, in addition to an assortment of other components. Other than improved body rigidity and weight reduction, the lightweight construction also resulted in enhanced power transmission.
Each Audi model is developed on a myriad of such principles that promise not only safety, but also unparalleled performance and zippy driving dynamics. In India, these values are exemplified by 13 models.
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