Laser light assists a Audi drivers during Le Mans

Posted on 21. Jan, 2014 by in Audi Canada

“Audi is a trendsetter in lighting technology,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of a Board of Management for Technical Development of AUDI AG. “The A8 has recently been accessible with pattern LED headlights – a many modernized lighting record for prolongation cars. We’re going to offer it in serve models. Our latest growth is laser light – even sharper, some-more absolute and some-more efficient. We’re equipping a new Le Mans foe vehicle with it and will be a initial vehicle manufacturer to deliver laser light in prolongation cars.”

Optimal enlightenment of a lane plays a essential purpose in a Le Mans 24 Hours and other continuation races, that are partially hold in darkness. “We’ve always trustworthy good significance to creation a drivers feel protected and gentle in a cockpit of an Audi foe car,” says Chris Reinke, Head of LMP during Audi Sport. “Good night prophesy is an essential component of this. The pattern lamp LED headlights already supposing a drivers with a vital advantage during Le Mans – total with laser light, it’ll boost even further. This new record has good power for a future.”

With a pattern LED headlights, consisting of 8 LED units per side, a Audi R18 e-tron quattro set standards in terms of lighting operation and light power during Le Mans final year. The innovative headlights of a new R18 mix a strengths of a pattern LED headlights with those of laser light. “Laser light provides a most some-more homogenous and accurate widespread in front of a car,” says Chris Reinke. “For us, this record outlines a miracle – it’s a thoughtfulness of a pioneering suggestion of Audi Sport that, nonetheless again, we’re presumption a pioneering purpose and, together with a colleagues in prolongation development, deploying this new record during such an early theatre in racing. This partnership is remarkable.”

At a International CES 2014 in Las Vegas in January, Audi showcased a Audi Sport quattro laserlight judgment vehicle and a front territory of a new Audi R18 e-tron quattro including a headlights. In a box of a prior R18, Audi retrofitted a vehicle with pattern LED record while for a new era a developers integrated pattern lamp and laser diodes from a beginning. This also done it probable to serve optimize a intelligent cornering light. Depending on a position of a vehicle on a foe track, it illuminates a dilemma even before a motorist turns in.

Two-time Le Mans leader and former World Endurance Champion Marcel Fässler already had a event to knowledge a constrained advantages of a new headlights during tests hold in darkness. “I’ve never had such good light on a foe vehicle as on a new R18,” a Swiss enthuses. “It’s clearly even improved than final year. we wouldn’t call this only one step forward, though three. The laser light is brighter, some-more strong and some-more precise. For example, we can see a peak of a dilemma most improved with it. At night, this could be a essential advantage for us.”

Audi has formerly set standards in lighting record during Le Mans on several occasions. The Audi R10 TDI in 2006 was a initial foe vehicle versed with LED daytime using light. On a R15 TDI, LEDs additionally functioned as a high beam. In 2011, with a R18 TDI, Audi used full LED headlights for a initial time;  and in 2013 pattern LED record followed.  

“The use of laser light during Le Mans is nonetheless another instance that underscores Audi’s heading purpose in a growth of new technologies and a significance of motorsport for a company,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Le Mans again serves as a tough exam bed for a new record that’ll shortly be launched in prolongation during Audi and in that a 4 rings are again a essential step forward of a competition. The tighten team-work between Audi Sport and prolongation growth is model and unique.”

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