On the occasion of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Audi
presents the Sport quattro Laserlight Concept, which is reminiscent of the
classic Sport quattro of 1983 while pointing towards the future. It features the
latest of the brand's technologies in plug-in hybrid drives, user control and
display interfaces and lighting technology.
"The new show car demonstrates technical 'Vorsprung' on many levels," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. "On-board this car we have e-tron technology with 515 kW of power and 2.5 l/100 km (94.09 US mpg) fuel economy; laser headlights that leave all previous systems in the dark with its higher performance as well as new display and operating systems with cutting-edge electronic performance. We are showing the future of Audi here."
Audi's Bavarian rival BMW has already implemented laser lights into the production i8 hybrid supercar.
The coupe, a new evolutionary stage of the Sport quattro concept, painted in the color Plasma Red, combines the power of the historic Sport quattro with emotional elegance. Its body is tautly set over its large wheels. The overhangs are short, and the car's proportions show a sporty balance. With a wheelbase of 109.61 in (2,784 mm), it is 181.2 in (4,602 mm) long. At a width of 77.32 in (1,964 mm), the two-door model is very wide, and it is just 54.57 in (1,386 mm) tall, which is exceptionally low.
Combination of LED and Laser Light Technologies
In the dual headlights, a typical quattro feature, Audi is demonstrating the future of lighting technology by combining matrix LED and laser light technologies. Two low-profile trapezoidal elements are visible within the headlights - the outer one generates the low beam light using matrix LEDs and an aperture mask, while the inner element produces laser light for high-beam functionality.
The powerful laser diodes are significantly smaller than LED diodes; they are only a few microns in diameter. Illuminating the road for a distance of nearly 1,640 ft (500 meters), the laser high-beam light has approximately twice the lighting range and three times the luminosity of LED high beam lights. In this future technology, Audi is once again demonstrating its leadership role in automotive lighting technology with a system that will also be used on the race track in the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro.
Sport quattro Laserlight's Exterior Design
The angular, swept-back C pillars of the Audi Sport quattro Laserlight Concept car and the blisters above the fenders are other design elements reminiscent of the classic Sport quattro. The broad shoulders of the body were reinterpreted and intensively sculpted to convey even greater dynamism. Throughout the car, sharp contours frame muscular surfaces - the interplay between convex and concave curvatures defines the athletic character of the coupe.
The hexagonal single-frame grille also offers an outlook on future design of the sporty production models. The lower section is nearly vertical, while the upper follows the contour of the hood; the screen insert is a typical solution from car racing. The low grille emphasizes the show car's width. Two large, vertical blades divide each of the large air inlets; their form is repeated in the creases of the hood. The splitter, which is made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), is shifted far to the front, as on a race car.
The center locking wheels have a five twin-spoke design.