Audi designers create R18 Ultra chair, kick their feet up

AutoBlog noted: Audi has used its racing program to trickle technology down to its passenger cars, but how about some racing design making its way into your living room? The Audi R18 Ultra Chair will be on display at Design Miami until December 9, and it was developed in a similar fashion as the R18 racecar, including optimal comfort and weight savings, constructed using carbon fiber and aluminum.

The Ultra Chair was first unveiled at the Milan Furniture Fair earlier this year as a prototype, and designers used the input of more than 1,500 people to help fine-tune the level of comfort. We’re not sure how comfortable it would be sitting in a carbon fiber chair, but it sure does look cool. From Milan to Miami, the chair dropped 2.2 pounds in weight now weighing in at just under five pounds. Designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram are responsible for envisioning the chair, and both have art pieces that can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

As a part of the Ultra Chair, Audi’s Design Miami booth will also feature an R18 car, various Ultra Chair prototypes and, for some seemingly random reason, a robot used to build cars.