Autonomous Audi RS7 Sportback will tackle Hockenheim circuit at race speed [w/video]

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 11, 2014

Audi is more and more focused on improve its autonomous driving technology and will show use a driverless RS7 Sportback that will lap the Hockenheim racetrack. According to the German company, the event will happen on October 19, same day when the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) finale takes place.

Audi says that the autonomous RS7 Sportback will be as fast as with a professional racing driver at the wheel and the tests carried showed that the sports car can lap the racetrack in just over 2 minutes and at speeds of up to 149 mph or 240 km/h.

Audi MediaTV will broadcast live and exclusively on the Internet the special event on October 19 starting at 12:45 pm. For those who don’t know, the RS7 Sportback is powered by a 4.0-liter TFSI V8 petrol engine that produces 560 hp (412 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph. With the optional dynamic packages, top speed is increased to 280 km/h (174 mph) or 305 km/h (189.5 mph). [source: Audi]

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