At the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show,
Audi provided an intriguing foretaste of the car of the future
with its Al 2 design study.
The aluminum body is based on
the Audi Space Frame principle, as used on the A8. The resulting
weight saving is about 250 kg, even when the car is fitted with
an extensive range of comfort and safety equipment features.
The Al 2 also incorporated a technology study: the world’s first
three-cylinder Fuel Direct Injection engine. This engine develops
55 kW (75 bhp) from a displacement of 1.2 liters.
The Al 2 open end , presented
at the Tokyo Motor Show, is a derivative version of the Al 2 placing
special emphasis on substance and driving pleasure, with novel, innovative
scope for variation.
The second-generation ASF: the aluminum-based
technology of the Audi Space Frame