Audi designs $12,900 limited edition Foosball table

Audi Design Foosball Table
Audi Design Foosball Table

How ridiculously expensive can a foosball table be?  Try €12,900.  This Audi Design game table should be encrusted with diamonds for that price, but it isn't.

Limited to 20 units, the table, which we've previously seen as a one-off design exercise, features a combination of handcrafted wood, aluminum, and extra strong plastic.  Ten Audi trainees built the prototypes over the last year, while Bavarian foosball company Leonhart took on final production of the object.

"It's a attractive task to transfer our cars' design language to other day-to-day articles, and the results are often surprising," said Audi design chief Wolfgang Egger. "The Audi Design soccer table features large-area, flowing surfaces and sharp, clearly defined lines."

One table will remain at Audi's Concept Design studio in Munich.  Hopefully, they'll let the general public get in on a game every once now and then.

Audi Design soccer table starts production

  • An exclusive hand-made series of just 20
  • Emotion-packed design and excellent game quality
  • The table costs 12,900 euros and can be ordered from quattro GmbH

A football is always a football! You can kick an old one around just as easily as a modern one. The same applies to the good old table soccer game. A strong wooden frame, 22 players and of course the traditional green pitch – what more could you need for excitement and fun? The Audi design team nonetheless decided to take a closer look at this rectangular table, and decided that a rounded-off shape would be better. Two years ago the Audi Design soccer table was still a study from Audi Concept Design Munich; now a small batch is to be produced. Times change: let nobody say that a table soccer game doesn't have to look good. After all, in professional soccer these days the ball is made from polyurethane, not leather.

What does the Audi Design soccer table feature apart from emotion-packed design? Of course –"Vorsprung durch Technik"! The materials, workmanship and technical interpretation all satisfy the very highest standards. Aluminum and high-strength plastic fittings are added to the handcrafted wooden core. Also important: the table meets the high standards demanded in professional tournaments – a unique combination of function and design. Only 20 of these tables will be built initially: an exclusive series costing 12,900 euros per table.

"It's a attractive task to transfer our cars' design language to other day-to-day articles, and the results are often surprising!" says Wolfgang Egger, Head of Audi Group Design. "The Audi Design soccer table features large-area, flowing surfaces and sharp, clearly defined lines. The brushed aluminum frame creates an exciting contrast to the white body. Our design team looks forward to displaying one of these tables at our Concept Design studio in Munich."

For this project, nothing has been left to chance: ten Audi trainees at the Audi instructional workshops in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm had the task of building the soccer tables. A year's painstaking craftsmanship, closely supervised of course by the design team in Munich, was needed before the high-precision prototypes were ready. Table soccer manufacturer Leonhart, a Bavarian company that has specialized in these popular leisure games since 1949, used them to produce a small, exclusive batch of tables. Its expertise is essential, since professional players have tuned their reactions to identify even the slightest differences in the way the table behaves.

Thomas Przesdzink, German table soccer champion on several occasions and Chairman of the Bavarian Table Soccer Association, has already tested the new Audi Design table. His verdict: "It looks just great. That tells us nothing about how it performs, but here too I was pleasantly surprised: this is a very good table. From a sporting point of view, it could certainly be used for an official tournament series."

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anyone who spends $13000 on a foos table rather than give it to charity is an A hole
Jun 5th, 2010 3:16pm
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DeleteThisAccount DeleteThisAccount
"Why does a foosball table cost €13k?" Because each player is the exact replicate of the Audi engineering team.
Jun 5th, 2010 1:27pm
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Pointless product. Money would be much better spend on new cars rather than this thing that noone will buy.
Jun 3rd, 2010 6:26pm
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Siawa Siawa
Not entirely true, you'll see one in every American Rapper on MTV Cribs.
Jun 3rd, 2010 7:03pm
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M! M!
with all due respect, mr. wolfgang egger, do you remember your days at FIAT, and your creation of that masterpiece Alfa Romeo 8C competizione. and now, under VW Audi, you supervise a creation like this? What a waste of your talent.
Jun 3rd, 2010 10:44am
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For the person who has everything.... except half a brain!
Jun 3rd, 2010 3:54am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
almost as expensive as the new A1.
Jun 3rd, 2010 3:06am
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