Instead of receiving a birthday present, the folks at Audi gave their home town of Ingolstadt, Germany, a gift in light of its 100th birthday: a giant 10-ton TT sculpture.
While a normal Audi TT measures in at 13.6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 4.4 feet tall, weighing around 3000 pounds, this sculpture is more than twice its size. The piece measures 33.5 feet long, 14.8 feet wide, and 10.5 feet tall.
Sadly, the TT isn't crafted with Audi's signature material--aluminum--but it does use some composite materials. The giant TT sports a basic steel frame, with Neopar foam supporting the fiberglass outer body.
The TT sculpture was produced for a German marketing campaign in 2006, and was displayed in Berlin, Beijing, and Hong Kong before it returned to Ingolstadt.
The sculpture was unveiled this week by Dr. Werner Widuckel, a member of Audi's board of management, and Dr. Alfred Lehmann, the mayor of Ingolstadt.
“We’re delighted that this car has found a new home in this prominent and highly frequented traffic junction in Ingolstadt,” said Widuckel at the official sculpture presentation. “From now on, the sculpture will both adorn the center of the Audi roundabout and serve as a symbol of the company’s strong ties with the city and region.”
“The TT sculpture will be a true landmark for all of the drivers coming from Neuburg and Eichstätt,” said Mayor Lehmann. “It gives the entrance to our city a modern face.”