Audi has managed significant gains in reducing the whole-life impact on the environment of its latest high-tech sports car.
The new TT features an increase in power output of up to 14 per cent from the previous model combined with an 11 per cent drop in greenhouse gas emissions.
The German manufacturer claims that each car now saves around 5.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases during its total life cycle. This includes not only carbon dioxide but other material such as methane, nitrous oxide and halogenated organic emissions.
“Our goal is to reduce significantly the overall emissions of each model compared with its predecessor,” explains Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi AG. “However, it’s not just a matter of what comes out of the exhaust pipe. At Audi, we look at the entire product and process chain associated with mobility.”
Due to an intelligent combination of materials, Audi engineers have managed to successfully reduce the car’s unladen weight.
The 2006 model change saw total weight savings of up to 90 kilograms; the front-wheel drive 2.0 TFSI engine variant of the new TT now weighs in at only 1,230 kilograms. This constitutes a further 50 kilogram reduction from the previous model.
Despite lightweight construction methods, Audi engineers have successfully managed to lower greenhouse gas emissions during production. An emissions reduction at this stage of around nine per cent, or 800 kilograms, is a real benefit that can be passed on to the customers.
In addition to the new TT, Audi has revealed that it is devoting huge time and resources to increasing the efficiency of all its vehicle drivetrains and pursuing their goal of producing every model lighter than its predecessor.