Plans for a new diesel-electric Audi hypercar have officially been halted, but a lightweight version of the TT could be made
13 January 2014

A proposed diesel-electric Audi hypercar is now officially on ice.

Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed at the Detroit motor show that a model to closely link the firm’s Le Mans efforts with a road car was “an interesting idea but not a priority”.

The Audi hypercar had been extensively spoken about by Hackenberg’s predecessor, Wolfgang Dürheimer, who left the company last year amid reports he disagreed with Volkswagen Group chief Martin Winterkorn on Audi’s electric car strategy.

Hackenberg was warmer on one of Dürheimer’s other ideas, however. A sub-1000kg version of the TT was planned by Dürheimer and Hackenberg revealed that a lightweight TT using carbonfibre elements and other weight-saving technologies was possible on the MQB platform on which it is based.

Read more Detroit motor show news.

Our Verdict

Audi TT
The Audi TT is a car that’s genuinely fun to drive and accessible to all

The Audi TT remains a design icon, and is now a car that’s genuinely fun to drive no matter what engine or trim you choose

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    4 May 2016
    The new Edge SUV is looking to steal sales from BMW and Audi, but has it got enough of an edge to make that happen?
  • First Drive
    3 May 2016
    New entry-level 1.8 TFSI engine takes over from Audi's 2.0 TFSI as the cheapest way into a TT Roadster, but is it necessarily the best choice?
  • First Drive
    3 May 2016
    Audi's SQ7 is silly fast, and makes a silly noise, at a silly price – but contains tech that will prove incredibly influential
  • First Drive
    2 May 2016
    There's lots of work yet to be done, but the Aston Martin DB11's hardware has been signed-off. To experience it, we've driven a prototype
  • First Drive
    1 May 2016
    If you like Minis, going quickly and basking in the sun, then you're in luck; we've driven Mini's new John Cooper Works Convertible on foreign roads