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Hollywood Supercars 2: I… Audi RSQ

Presented first in 2004 at the New York International Auto Show, Audi RSQ featured from its birth plenty of details which made it legitimately a really-super-supercar. This concept car was developed by Audi for use as product placement in the 2004 movie I, Robot, based on Isaac Asimov’s short-story collection and which featured Will Smith and was directed by Alex Proyas (a cult-movie habituĂ©, since he rose to fame as the director of Brandon Lee’s The Crow in 1994).

Audi RSQ can be easily described as a futuristic adaptation of the classic Audi look, re-designed to fit the movie’s 2035 Chicago cityscape and, at the same time, to still be recognizable as an Audi car. The most interesting details were the presence of a satellite navigator (years before we all had one), front and back xenon lights, C-posts hinged butterfly doors (which opened like the wings of a bat, and were linked on the back part of the car) and, most importantly, spheric wheels hidden by alveolar grids.

This last feature in particular made the car world-famous: in fact, this made the car able to re-invent the concept of drifting, and actually to spin around 360 degrees withous losing traction and keeping the desired direction.

Spheric wheels are closely linked to a curious historical tip. Anyway, the idea of a “omnidirectional wheel” is not as modern nor futuristic as we can think, and this can be easily understood if we consider that the first to quote some particular “wheels whithin wheels” is nothing less than the hebrew prophet Ezekiel. The prophet, while describes “a flying chariot containing wheels within wheels and powered by angels” which not only features multidirectional wheels: since it was a flying object, it is often quoted as a proof for the existance of pre-historic aircrafts, possibly linked to extraterrestrial beings.