At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 6 to 10, in Las Vegas, Audi will bring the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept. For those who don’t know, the Sport Quattro Concept is not new as it was presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the new show car demonstrates technical ‘Vosrprung’ on many levels.
As its name says it, the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept demonstrates the future of lighting technology by combining matrix LED and laser light technologies. The concept car features two low-profile trapezoidal elements: the outer one generates the low beam light using matrix LEDs and an aperture mask (same technology used by the new Audi A8), while the inner element produces laser light for high-beam functionality.
As expected, laser diodes are significantly smaller than the LED diodes (few microns in diameter) and can illuminate the road for a distance of almost 500 metres, which means twice the lightning range and three times the luminosity of LED high beam lights. Regarding the new concept car, the evolutionary stage shows a Plasma Red color as well as the CFRP diffuser, oval tailpipes, tail lights backed by a black CFRP panel, sill extensions made of CFRP, door handles that extend from the door when they detect the approach of a hand and center locking wheels with a twin-spoke design.
The interior design and material selections demonstrate the Audi philosophy of lightweight design. The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine with biturbo charging that produces 560 hp (412 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. The concept car features the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates four cylinders under part load and a start-stop system make the sonorous eight-cylinder engine very efficient.
A disc-shaped electric motor is also present and located between the engine and the transmission, delivering 110 kW and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). The electric motor draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery at the rear, which stores 14.1 kWh of energy – enough for up to 50 km (31.07 miles) of all-electric driving.
An Audi wallbox that is used for charging provides for optimal energy transfer. Just like any other hybrid car, the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept offers three driving modes: EV, Hybrid and Sport. In the Sport Mode, the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 305 km/h or almost 190 mph.