Audi is ready to begin manufacturing of the e-tron GT earlier than the top of 2020, however till it does (and divulges the ultimate manufacturing spec mannequin), we’re being proven a evenly camouflaged pre-production prototype. On first impressions, it’s exhausting to see what precisely the automaker has modified in comparison with the 2018 examine that previewed it – in actual fact, it seems just about like the concept.
The e-tron GT shall be constructed at Audi Sport’s Böllinger Höfe plant in Neckarsulm the place it would share the manufacturing line with the R8 supercar. The automaker introduced late final yr that it was starting the method of modifying and increasing the ability as a way to accommodate the electrical sedan. Within the press blurb it printed on the time of the announcement, the automaker talked about
‘ The Audi e-tron GT and the Audi R8 shall be produced individually within the physique store. Whereas the physique store for the R8 stands out with its largely handcrafted end, a separate, extremely automated physique store facility is being created for the e-tron GT. The meeting line is being prolonged by 20 cycles, making 36 in whole, for the joint manufacturing of the R8 and e-tron GT. As a part of this improve, new conveyor methods are being built-in, since meeting in future will now not rely solely on driverless transport autos (DTV), however may even embody an electrified monorail system (EMS). ‘
The e-tron GT would be the first battery-powered Audi to really be manufactured in Germany. In case you have been questioning, the e-tron and e-tron Sportback electrical SUVs are literally assembled at Audi’s Brussels plant in Belgium and it’ll additionally go into manufacturing on the VW group’s Changchun plant in China as a part of a three way partnership with FAW.
Audi appears very happy with the extremely automated course of of creating the e-tron GT’s physique – 85 % automated, cut up into 10 stations the place 34 robots do a lot of the work. The manufacturing unit in Neckarsulm additionally has a fleet of 20 driverless transport autos to ship the assorted elements round, in addition to an overhead conveyor rail and an computerized switch station.
The final bit of knowledge that Audi shared with us concerning the e-tron GT has to do with the best way it’s going to sound. They guarantee us that the creation strategy of the GT’s distinctive audible signature was carried out with ‘ musical creativity and technical competence ‘ and since this automobile is expounded to the Porsche Taycan whose augmented motor sounds are fairly good, our expectations are excessive.