Audi knows that the optimal illumination of the race track is vital in endurance races like the Le Mans 24 Hours, which are usually held even at night. That is why for this year’s edition of Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi will use a combination of LED daytime running light, LED headlights, matrix beam and laser light on its Audi R18 e-tron quattro. “We’ve always attached great importance to making our drivers feel safe and comfortable in the cockpit of an Audi race car,” says Chris Reinke, Head of LMP at Audi Sport. “Good night vision is an essential element of this.”
Reinke remarked that the matrix beam LED headlights have already provided drivers with a major advantage at Le Mans, and that advantage will be further increased with the addition of the laser light.
The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro set standards in terms of lighting range and light intensity at Le Mans last, thanks to its matrix LED headlights, consisting of eight LED units per side.
The new headlights of the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro combine the strengths of matrix LED headlights and laser light. “Laser light provides a much more homogenous and precise spread in front of the car,” remarked Reinke. “For us, this technology marks a milestone – it’s a reflection of the pioneering spirit of Audi Sport.”
“The use of laser light at Le Mans is yet another example that underscores Audi’s leading role in the development of new technologies and the importance of motorsport for the company,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Le Mans again serves as a tough test bed for a new technology that’ll soon be launched in production at Audi and in which the four rings are again a crucial step ahead of the competition. The close cooperation between Audi Sport and production development is exemplary and unique.” [source: Audi]