Behind the Scenes: Building Audi's Electric Spyder

When Audi released the E-Tron Spyder concept car at this year’s Paris Auto Show, the car’s sleek lines and daring proportions took the show-goers’ breath away. Earlier today, Audi released a series of behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the design team’s efforts to get the sport roadster’s shape “just right”.

It’s a bit art, a bit science, and a bit of insight into what the 17-person design team at Audi’s Ingolstadt studio goes through to build an auto show dream car – in fact, these photos seem to be just the tip of the iceberg, since one article reports that “teams were created, contestants were narrowed down, and the final two designs were projected as 3D computer models at an office at (Audi’s headquarters).”

Once the winning design was chosen, the design was tweaked to fit over existing “parts-bin” components and a full clay model of the final E-Tron Spyder was rendered (in the gallery).  Molds were made from the final clay, along with literally thousands of hand-crafted foam-core and carbon-fiber parts.

The finished, assembled showpiece came together – from final approval to transport – in less than six weeks … which was ideal, because it was all the time they had!

In the end, the car was a stunner, and Audi’s concept construction coordinator Uwe Haller even remarked (about the car’s wheels) that “the design for the wheels was so well received … we did whatever was necessary to turn the proposal into reality.” reflecting the design team’s determination to make sure the final product exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Job well done, guys!

SOURCE:  Audi, via Wired’s Autopia.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.