The Audi White Noise Concept Is an Electric Vehicle With a Snarl

Frederic Allenberg uses fluid dynamics to replicate the sound of a gas-powered automobile.

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We’re all for environmentally-conscious design, but who doesn’t prefer the distinct vroom of a gasoline-powered vehicle over the dull hum of an electric engine? Frederic Allenberg is looking to offer the best of both worlds with his Audi concept. Dubbed the White Noise, the sleek, minimalist production doesn’t employ the artificial audio of other designs. Instead, there’s a reason for the vehicle futuristic, sculptural form. Thanks to its aerodynamic shape and chassis fins, the White Noise takes cues from the Aerolian Harp and is able to take advantage of fluid dynamics and the Kármán vortex street to funnel air between cables that are attached to the lower body of the car. The result? A natural tone that has more in common with the R8 than a Prius.

Though just in concept form for now, the technology could be employed by and tailored to any vehicle as the sound can be modified at will by changing the number of cables, their length or tension.

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