Pebble Beach - Audi's PB18 e-tron concept is a bold new vision of what the driver-dedicated sports car of the future could be like.
Named after its Pebble Beach launch venue (hence the ‘PB’) and designed at Audi’s new design studio up the road in Malibu, the concept car certainly makes some radical suggestions.
Designed for both track and road, it has a movable cockpit that allows the driver to completely change position.
Hence, when driving alone on the track, the driver can be positioned optimally at the centre of the car, but when a passenger wants to hitch a ride, the whole cockpit - seat, steering wheel and all - can shift to the left or right to make room.
How did they get that right? Steering, accelerating and braking is purely ‘by-wire’ - no mechanical connections are involved, so the ‘inner monocoque’ can slide around freely.
We certainly hope that Audi has engineered a proper ‘feel’ into those electronic driving controls, as the rest of the package was designed around pure driving bliss - no autonomous driving technologies here, and no comfort features to add weight either.