AUDI ENDER'S GAME CONCEPT
Today's cars have more than a little science-fiction to them, with automated emergency systems and advanced connectivity technology. But, for brands like Audi, tomorrow can't get here soon enough.
You'll remember Audi's RSQ concept, the balls-for-wheels coupe that starred in the 2004 film I, Robot. Three years later, the RSQ appeared in showrooms as the R8 - with proper wheels, of course.
Now, Audi's Fleet Shuttle Quattro Concept has come into greater focus this week thanks to the recent release of the Eneder's Game film, bringing a new Audi promo video with it. (See above.)
For the unitiated, Ender's Game is a hugely popular science-fiction novel that sees a global future military recruiting young children to wage war on an invading alien species.
Published in 1985, the film will make its leap to Australian cinema screens on October 31.
As for the sleek shuttle concept, Audi says it worked with director Gavin Hood to create the car, using "the latest technology to digitally and seamlessly integrate the Audi fleet shuttle quattro into the futuristic environment of the film."
“Designing the Audi fleet shuttle quattro was similar to customizing a tailor-made suit,” chief designer Frank Rimili said. “We were ultimately able to perfectly project our design philosophy into the fictional world of the movie.”
Like the earlier RSQ concept, the shuttle features a sweeping profile dominated by large wheels (or motors?) that are completely enclosed in the front and rear guards.
But where the RSQ showcased the curvaceous styling language of Audi's previous-generation models, this new concept adopts the sharper lines of the carmaker's current range - with more than a few embellishments.
The big question is: if the RSQ was a preview of the R8 supercar that followed, is Audi teasing a future model with the shuttle concept?
Only time will tell...