The designboom team visited AUDI’s concept design Munich and met with German designer Wolfgang Egger, head of AUDI group design, and Australian born, German-based designer Mark Shipard.
They provided us with more technical insight on the project, and explained to us the revolutionary characteristics and technology of the AUDI carbon ski.
They also pointed out the challenges of the design process – when translating this extreme sport ski initially made for professional racers (AUDI carbon ski concept) into a premium ski for hobby skiers (serial AUDI carbon ski, no concept), outlining and defining the differing criteria for each.
The AUDI carbon ski takes advantage of more than 20 years of partnership between the car company and the german ski association DSV, and from AUDI motorsport’s knowhow. Co-developer is the carbon competence center – the gerg group, who also produce important components for their DTM and le mans race cars.
‘This first concept ski was a big challenge for us, because we wanted to make a ski with a typical AUDI approach.
We started researching together with our interior technical department, with the carbon competence and also with providers like gerg who is producing the monocoques for racing cars, and with DSV, the German ski federation. We tried not to design just another ski, but a really completely new and innovative piece of sports equipment. We started from the carbon technical point of view and found that there is still no ski produced using monocoque building principles.’ – Wolfgang Egger
Like the most sensitive parts of the race car, the body of the AUDI carbon ski concept is made completely out of carbon,
a material that is extremely robust, sturdy, supple and at the same time light.
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