STUTTGART, Germany – In a single darkened image uploaded to its media website, Audi reveals a new electric-powered supercar to be unveiled Aug. 23 at Laguna Seca race track as part of the events supporting the 2018 Pebble Beach Car Week in Monterey, CA.
Called the PB18 e-Tron (a reference to the words Pebble Beach and the year 2018), the 2-seat concept car was developed at Audi’s newly established Design Loft in Malibu, CA, as part of an internal program investigating design ideas for possible future production models.
While the German automaker isn’t disclosing details of the PB18 e-Tron until closer to its unveiling, it hints the new supercar will take various design cues from the Le Mans-winning Audi R18 e-Tron race car and include technical solutions being developed for an electric-powered successor to the second-generation R8.
Among the design elements that can be discerned in the image of the low and wide PB18 e-Tron are signature LED headlamps and, mounted atop the cockpit, rearview cameras similar in design to those that will be an option on Audi’s first series-production electric vehicle, the e-Tron – itself to be unveiled Sept. 17 in San Francisco.
The new Audi is the second concept EV to be confirmed for this year’s Pebble Beach Car Week, following word from Mercedes-Benz that it intends to reveal a dramatic homage to its earlier streamlined record-breakers with a car known to insiders as the Electric Silver Arrow.