Behold the latest iteration of the Audi R8 Spyder. The new 2017 Audi R8 Spyder features the standard Audi virtual cockpit that displays relevant information in high-resolution 3D graphics on a 12.3-inch monitor. Drivers could choose among three screen views: classic, infotainment and performance.
When performance view is selected, the monitor displays various information about the operation of the Audi R8 Spyder like power output, torque, oil and tire temperatures as well as lap times and g-forces. Moreover, drivers could customize the displays around the speedometer and rev counter to suit their preferences.
Thanks to a lightweight construction involving carbon fiber components, the new 2017 Audi R8 Spyder features a dry weight of just 1,612 kg (3,553.9 lbs), bringing the power-to-weight ratio to 3.19 kg (8.6 lbs) per hp. This is greatly helped by the new Audi Space Frame (ASF) that employs the multi-material construction principle.
ASF combines aluminum components with structurally integrated carbon fiber reinforced polymer. Around 79.6 percent of the multi-material ASF is made up of aluminum components, which form a framework that engineers use to fit reinforcements into the sills, A-posts and windscreen frame.
Moreover, Audi employs cutting-edge manufacturing methods to further make individual components lighter by up to ten percent. Overall, the ASF in the new Audi R8 Spyder weighs around 208 kg (458.6 lbs) but boasts of a torsional rigidity higher by 50 percent than the previous model.
Because of this, the car managed to realize high ratings for acoustics and crash safety. Furthermore, the underbody of the new Audi R8 Spyder features a smooth trim for improved aerodynamics while a large rear diffuser increases the downforce. Both of these solutions were adapted from motorsport.