Behind the wheel of the Audi RSQ that Will Smith drove in I, Robot

This is the concept car Will Smith drove in the sci-fi hit I, Robot.
Called the Audi RSQ concept car, it was designed specifically for the 2004 motion picture.
The year 2004 might sound like a lifetime ago, but Audi was well and truly ahead of its time with this one.

The movie is set in 2035 and follows Will Smith’s character as he investigates robots’ threat to humanity.

The Audi RSQ was designed to be a police car from the future, and Audi hit the nail on the head because it looks almost like a spaceship.

One of the coolest features of the car is its butterfly doors.
Audi has made the doors rear-hinged, giving them a totally unique appearance.

Audi RSQ i Robot

The wheels have been designed to look like spheres.
This is because, in the movie, the car drives on spheres rather than tires (thanks to CGI of course).
This makes it capable of moving in all directions, not just forwards and backward.
In reality, the car has tires hidden underneath caps.

Audi RSQ i Robot wheels

Will Smith I Robot

Audi RSQ interior 

Audi has given the concept car a minimalistic, clutter-free interior design.

But if you look a bit closer, there are Easter eggs hidden everywhere.

The center console opens to reveal the on-off switch and a bunch of different toggles that look like something you would find on a fighter jet control panel.

Center console controls

The yoke steering wheel further adds to the aircraft theme.
In the film, the steering wheel would also retract into the dashboard when it wasn’t needed.
And if you forgot this was a movie car, this will catapult you back to reality.

The Audi RSQ concept car is a stick shift – but you have to connect the gear stick yourself.

Stick shift

Audi R8

The concept car was loosely based on the Audi TT.
More to the point, it paved the way for the Audi R8.
The mid-engined sports coupe was made for the movie in 2004, then two years later, Audi unveiled the Audi R8 – one of its best-selling models.
And if you compare the two, it’s hard to ignore the fact they share a similar design language.

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