Significant weight reduction is very important for the future, he says, because it will be the “basis for the electrification of the car”.
However, this dramatic weight-saving programme will also be of huge benefit to its conventionally powered cars.
It will help to give them much-improved handling and better performance even with significantly less power.
The MLP is apparently being used as the basis for the company’s “in-depth” investigation into making future cars much lighter.
The first prototype to be generated by the programme is a special S5 coupé, which is 400kg lighter than the current production version, according to Dick.
Dick says reducing the weight of the bare bodyshell is “the most important thing” and that “losing 150kg will deliver better dynamics”.