This is the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, which is the latest addition to the Vision GT project organised by Kazunori Yamauchi, founder of the Gran Turismo video game series. Unlike other Vision GT cars, Audi’s creation exists both in the virtual world as well as the real one.

However, this isn’t just a full-scale model meant to be put on display at trade shows either as it is fully functional. “This is what we are particularly proud of. Although the design of a virtual vehicle allows much greater freedom and the creation of concepts which are only hard to implement in reality, we did not want to put a purely fictitious concept on wheels,” said Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte.

Propulsion comes from the electric e-tron quattro all-wheel drive system, which features three electric motors – two at the rear and one in front. Each of these motors provides 268 hp (200 kW) of output, and the combined output is 804 hp (600 kW).

As the curb weight is just 1,450 kg, the electric race car has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.78 kg per hp, and will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds. There’s also a 50:50 weight distribution between both axles to keep it as balanced as possible.

Design-wise, the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo appears like a more futuristic version of a R8 GT3 race car, and sports a wide bodykit, plenty of flics and canards, a big rear wing and racing wheels. The paintjob is inspired by the legendary Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO racer.

“The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo shows that electric mobility at Audi is very emotive. This car incorporates numerous elements of our new design language such as the inverted single frame in the vehicle’s color that will be typical for our new e-tron models,” noted Lichte.

The electric one-off model may have taken just 11 months to be built, but it will be used to provide taxi rides to customers and guests at all European Formula E races starting with Rome, Italy on April 14. At the wheel will be former DTM driver Rahel Frey from Switzerland or Le Mans winner Dindo Capello from Italy.

In the virtual world, the car is simply known as the Audi Vision Gran Turismo and uses the same technology as the 2012 Le Mans-winning R18 e-tron quattro. A 536 hp (400 kW) e-motor powers the front wheels that also recovers energy when braking. Meanwhile, the rear tyres are linked to a 3.4 litre turbo V6 with 737 hp and sequential seven-speed gearbox, and together, total output is 1,274 hp.