Audi is at CES 2014 and they were the first to take a big step and take part a number of years ago. Each year they try to do their best in presenting the latest in their technology advancements.
This year at their keynote Audi revealed quite a few very cool things that will be making their way to cars this year or in the near future. One of those being a swag of tech from the Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept.
Under the hood of this futuristic concept vehicle is an e-tron power train producing 515kW of power and using just 2.5litres of fuel per 100km. Remarkable right?
However, we aren’t here to talk power. Let’s talk tech.
LEDS and Laser Lights
The concepts dual head lights are a combination of a matrix LED and laser light technologies. Behind the scenes there is some magic involving two low-profile trapezoidal elements within the headlights. The outer element produces the low beam light using the matrix LEDs and an aperture mask. For the high beam system the inner element is used to produce a laser light.
The laser diodes used as really small. Smaller than LED diodes actually. However they are so powerful, they can illuminate a distance of 500 metres. That’s 5 football fields. That’s a long way.
Displays and Controls
Stepping into the Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept (take a breath), you’ll see the very driver orientated focus. The information for the driver is all displayed on a large Audi TFT display. Thankfully Audi says it is a high-resolution display with some nice three-dimensional graphics.
Powering the system is a Nvidia Tegra 30 processor, which should allow a smooth user experience. Nobody likes a clunky display.
The Audi MMI terminal in the centre of the car has also been given a makeover with a beautiful rotary pushbutton which serves as a touchpad to allow text input in a nice and natural way. Plus it should be a lot faster than ever before.
Body and Chassis
The body and chassis is a big contributor to how much fuel a car needs to use to get it moving. The concept takes a lightweight design approach with the use of the ever more popular, but still exotic, materials including carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).
These components include doors and fenders made of aluminium and the rood, engine hood and rear hatch being made of CFRP. All of this means, even with its large battery pack for the E-Tron system it weighs in at 1,850kgs.
Ok, let’s talk about the power quickly. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Audi Spot quattro laserlight concept is a hybrid packing in heaps of power.
What’s cool though is that it still packs in a biturbo V8 engine, and an electric motor that achieves a combined fuel economy of 2.5 litres per 100km. Perhaps Holden and HSV need to take a leaf from these guys?
For the management of all this power and the combustion and electric motors, a clever little computer will dynamically choose what mode it should be in for everyday driving.
Don’t fret. If you’re wanting to take full control, you can of course choose your own fate an take over and get the full enjoyment out of the 0-100km/h time of just 3.7 seconds.