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The character of design

Marc Lichte, Head of Design at Audi, reveals what he regards as the iconic Audi skysphere concept’s¹ key personality traits.

09/24/2021 Text: AUDI AG ― Photo: AUDI AG  Reading Time: 3 min

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

A detail shot of Marc Lichte and the A-pillar.
The Prestige Panel on the A-pillar plays a central role in bringing about the Audi skysphere’s¹ transformation.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

“In my almost 25-year career as a professional designer, I have given shape to a great many cars. This is definitely one of the most exciting show car projects I have ever had the pleasure of working on with my team.”

  

Side view of the Audi skysphere concept with open door.
To allow elegant entry to the Audi skysphere¹, its doors open to the rear.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

“The Audi skysphere¹ is inspired by the Horch 853, a 1930s roadster that showcased exciting ideas about driving dynamics and comfort. Those two features are given a contemporary, cutting-edge treatment in today’s Audi skysphere¹.”

  

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

The Audi skysphere viewed from the front.
Consummately Audi: The Audi skysphere¹ retains the brand’s trademark Singleframe in the digital future.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

“This car offers a glimpse of the future because it lends visual and functional shape to the progressive technology behind autonomous driving. While the Audi skysphere² is a bona fide sports car, it morphs into an autonomously driven lounge in mere seconds.”

  

²The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle. The automated driving functions shown are technologies currently under development, are not available for production vehicles and only work within system limits. All possible uses of the technical systems and functions shown represent only a possible concept and are dependent on the respective legal regulations in the relevant country.

²The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle. The automated driving functions shown are technologies currently under development, are not available for production vehicles and only work within system limits. All possible uses of the technical systems and functions shown represent only a possible concept and are dependent on the respective legal regulations in the relevant country.

Designer Marc Lichte in front of the virtual exterior mirror.
The virtual exterior mirror puts a gleam in the eye of Head of Design at AUDI AG, Marc Lichte.

The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

“The Audi skysphere’s¹ proportions are simply breathtaking. With its large wheels, long wheelbase, exceedingly stretched, low bonnet but very short overhang and a speedster’s roofline, it’s an absolute dream."

  

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

Designer Marc Lichte next to the Audi skysphere concept.

The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

“Pairing a supremely muscular body with very elegant lines is the pièce de résistance because it’s such a progressive combination. You get an extremely sporty, athletic car that is also surprisingly sleek and elegant. The Audi skysphere¹ treats the roadster to a highly progressive reboot.”

  

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

The Audi skysphere concept in the virtual design process.

Digital design

The Audi skysphere concept¹ was created using a virtual design process.

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¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

¹The vehicle shown is a concept vehicle that is not available as a production vehicle.

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