litre Twelve Cylinder
The 2008 Auto Union Type-D concept
is a creation of Lukas Vanek, a young designer from the
Czech Republic. In 2008 Vanek graduated from the Europeo
di Design (IED) in Torino, Italy after completing a three
year postdiploma transportation design
The Type-D concept is influenced by
Auto Union race cars from the 1930s
course. Prior to these studies Vanek had finished a masters
course in industrial design at the TBU university in Zlin,
where he was awarded a scholarship to study at IED.
The 2008 Auto Union Type-D concept was inspired by the
old Auto Union race cars from the 1930s. These cars, piloted
by some of the best racing drivers in the world, were
at the cutting edge of automotive technology. The supercharged
engines developed nearly 550 horsepower, and could spin
the rear wheels at over 100 mph. In the hands of drivers
like Hans Stuck, Tazio Nuvolari, and Bernd Rosemeyer Auto
Union cars won many Grand Prix races.
During World War II almost all the Auto Union race cars
were destroyed. The survivors were either dismantled or
taken to Russia for examination. Auto Union itself (which
had been a conglomeration of four manufacturers Horch,
Audi, DKW and Wanderer) struggled as a company after the
war, and it was only in the 1960's that the Audi name
was resurrected. Audi's revival also brought back the
now famous four interlocking rings badge, which had originally
been a trademark of Auto Union.
The body of the 2008 Auto Union (Audi) Type-D concept
is constructed from two different materials. Carbon
provides the structural support and rigidity, while a
metal skin gives the exterior an authentic, simple finish.
Behind the single, central drivers seat is a 6.5 litre
twelve-cylinder engine producing 650 horsepower (478 kW).
The proposed top speed for the Audi Type-D concept is
186 mph (300 km/h).
While the 2008 Type-D concept is influenced by a design
which is nearly 70 years old, it manages to look sleek
and contemporary at the same time. Styling elements like
the central LED taillight strip, exposed carbon fibre
centre spine, and barely visible carbon fibre rear spoiler
tucked under the tail give the car a very modern feel.
The large wheels have also been cleverly styled. The low
profile tires with their unique tread pattern help to
bring the Type-D into the 21st century.
Similar and related vehicles:
Audi Quattro Spyder
Audi Nuvolari Quattro
Audi Le Mans
Audi Shooting Brake
Audi TT Clubsport Quattro
Audi A1 Metroproject Quattro
Audi Cross Coupe Quattro