The Audi A1 supermini had its online media debut earlier this month. Since then, Audi has followed up with a new video that gives us a first glimpse of the A1 on the road in motion. While they have our attention Audi wants to emphasize the A1's agility. Audi Head of Chassis Development, Dr. Horst Glaser, enlisted the help of Audi DTM pilot Markus Winkelhock to take the dimunitive Audi for a spin.
In the front-wheel driven A1, the front suspension is a MacPherson strut layout with triangular lower control arms while the rear axle features a torsion-beam suspension with separated springs and shocks. Depending on the engine, between 61 and 63 percent of the weight rests over the front axle. Audi states this is a low value for a compact car.
For a more direct steering response, the A1 comes standard with electrohydraulic power steering which has a 14.8:1 steering ratio. ESP is also standard with an electronic axle differential lock, which sends light braking pulses to the slipping inside wheel during a curve.