As if to taunt us a bit with the past that never was, German manufacturer Audi decided to embark on a very interesting, small scale project: the Auto Union Type C e-tron. Auto Union as in the German monster company which comprised Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer, and e-tron, as in the wonder electric system which will power the car maker's EVs in the near future.
The Auto Union e-tron is, however, just a tiny interpretation of what it could have been. More precisely, a toy, one which Audi will be taking, together with a selection of its products, to the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg next month.
The Auto Union e-tron, based on the limited-edition pedal car model which is sold through quattro, comes with a aluminum and carbon-look body and is powered by an electric motor which powers the rear wheels. Power for the motor comes from a lithium-ion battery.
The toy is big enough to accommodate children and adults of up to 1.80 meters (5’11”) in height, meaning that pretty much anyone can enjoy it. Even if the size of the car, motor and battery only allows for a total power output of 1.5 hp and a torque of 40 Nm. However, the top speed of the toy car can be considered dangerous for the uninitiated, 30 km/h (18.64 mph).
The range of the car is estimated at around 25 kilometers (15.53 miles), but given its size, the two-hour recharging time (from any household socket) means that you can be back behind the wheel for more electric fun in no time.
Aside for the Auto Union e-tron, Audi and quattro will be bringing to the toy fair an exclusive soccer table, racing bodysuits, power/brake socks, pit stop baby bottle, mini sound absorber kits, remote-controlled models, plush cars and the Audi motorsport bear.