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The prototype cycle combining an electric drive and muscle power along with tech used on Audi cars was showcased at the Worthersee Tour in Austria…

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2012 Audi e-bike Wörthersee – Clip – Julien Dupont

 

Audi recently took ownership of motorbike brand Ducati, but the German car maker isn’t ready to chuck its “four ring” logo on any motorbikes just yet. Instead, it has built an electric pushbike.

 

The electric pedal bike – or “pedelec” – has principally been designed with tricks in mind, and as such it is designed to be as lightweight as a bike with a battery can be: the total rolling weight is just 21 kilograms – about seven kilos more than a conventional pushbike.

 

Audi unveiled an extremely emotion-inspiring sports machine, the Audi e-bike Wörthersee at Wörthersee in Carinthia, Austria. The prototype cycle combines an electric drive and muscle power. Head of Design Wolfgang Egger comments: “As a high-performance e-bike for sports and trick cycling, it features the Audi core competences of design, ultra, e-tron and connect.” The Audi e-bike Wörthersee puts in its first major appearance at this year’s Wörthersee Tour, the 31st meet for Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda fans; trial biker Julien Dupont and downhill specialist Petra Bernhard will demonstrate their stunts and streetbike skills.

Audi unveiled an extremely emotion-inspiring sports machine, the Audi e-bike Wörthersee at Wörthersee in Carinthia, Austria. The prototype cycle combines an electric drive and muscle power. Head of Design Wolfgang Egger comments: “As a high-performance e-bike for sports and trick cycling, it features the Audi core competences of design, ultra, e-tron and connect.” The Audi e-bike Wörthersee puts in its first major appearance at this year’s Wörthersee Tour, the 31st meet for Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda fans; trial biker Julien Dupont and downhill specialist Petra Bernhard will demonstrate their stunts and streetbike skills.

The uncompromising dynamism of the bike prototype is fully visible at first sight. “When developing the Audi e-bike Wörthersee we drew on motor racing design principles for inspiration,” explains Hendrik Schaefers, one of the designers at Concept Design Studio Munich. “The e-bike appears incredibly precise, highly emotional and strictly functional. Indeed, the design effort focused on its function as a sports machine. All design elements are thus firmly aligned to the technical features.”

The cyclist can choose between a total of five cycling modes – pure muscle power, the electric motor alone, or pedaling supported by the electric motor. In the pure mode, the drive power is purely the product of the cyclist’s legs, while in pedelec mode the rider is supported by the electric motor that then makes speeds of up to 80km/h possible and gives you a range of 50-70 kilometres. If you select eGrip, the Audi e-bike Wörthersee runs solely on the electric motor and can reach a top speed of 50km/h. The cyclist then controls forward momentum using a gripshift and can configure the power as desired using the computer.

 

The bike helps the rider perform tricks too, Audi claims even novices can do pretty difficult looking tricks. An electronic control system supports the rider when performing tricks and back-wheel biking. Different modes can be set using a smartphone or directly on the e-bike – either ’Power Wheelie‘ mode, with adjustable wheelie angle for less skilled bikers or ’Balanced Wheelie‘ mode for sporting challenges. In Balanced Wheelie mode, the electronic control system maintains the rider’s balance, by compensating the biker’s movements forwards or backwards via the electric motor.

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