The E-Legend EL1 is an 805-horsepower tribute to the rally vehicle that launched Audi’s all-wheel-drive prowess.
E-Legend, a German electric vehicle company, has revealed drawings of its first product, the EL1, which is modeled by Audi’s groundbreaking Quattro racing car.
From a 90.0-kWh battery and an undefined electric motor configuration, the firm promises 805 horsepower, a 2.8-second zero to 62 mph time, and a 249-mile range.
E-Legend claims it will handcraft 30 units, with a prototype set to debut in early 2022 with other versions to follow.
Audi’s Quattro logo now covers every vehicle equipped with the automaker’s all-wheel-drive system, but the iconic Quattro rally car, which dominated Group B rallying in the 1980s, and its roadgoing homologation equivalent established Audi’s legacy for AWD prowess. Audi has teased revivals of the original Quattro on several occasions, most recently with the chiseled 2010 Quattro concept and the plug-in hybrid 2013 Sport Quattro concept. Now, that iconic automobile is making a comeback, but not as an Audi; instead, German electric vehicle company E-Legend is producing the EL1, a limited-production electric tribute.
According to E-Legend, the EL1 weighs 3704 pounds, which is on the lighter side of EVs—the Audi e-Tron, for example, weighs over 6000 pounds. With a squared-off front appearance, massive wheel arches, a small wheelbase, and a virtually similar roofline, the EL1 is unabashedly influenced by the Quattro. The car will be built on a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque and a 90.0-kWh battery that, according to the European WLTP methodology, will give 249 miles of range. Despite the lack of details on the electric motors, the EL1’s 805 horsepower will be distributed to both the front and back axles.
According to E-Legend, this is enough power to propel the EL1 from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 horsepower in under 10 seconds, and 158 mph at peak speed. According to E-Legend, this is enough power to propel the EL1 from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 horsepower in under 10 seconds, and 158 mph at peak speed.
The EL1 will be handcrafted and cost over $1.3 million in Europe, where it will be road legal. Only 30 devices will be built, and E-Legend hopes to have a working prototype by early 2022. The company is also working on an EL2 and an EL3, however, we have no idea what design they will take or what icons they will be inspired by.