Laser Headlights For New Audi R8

Audi’s new R8 will be sporting headlights combining laser and LED technologies.

The company says it’s revealing the conventionally powered R8’s headlights as the first of a number of technology highlights of the top sports car.

The base R8 uses LED headlights which can be supplemented by a laser high-beam lighting module as an option, stated Audi.

The new R8 will set new standards among high-performance sports cars, believes the German company, including in its lighting technology. As an option, the new R8 can be equipped with a laser spot as the high-beam headlight. The special appeal of laser lighting, as explained by Audi, is that it uses high-intensity laser diodes, which generate a lot of light energy from a very small component. Compared to LED high-beam headlights, laser high-beams are said to attain nearly twice the lighting range.

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Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high-intensity laser diodes, explained Audi; this module bundles the four intense blue-light laser beams. Then a phosphor converter transforms the blue light into pure white light. An identifying characteristic of the laser headlights is their blue light signature.

Standard equipment in the new R8 includes a LED headlight system. All lighting functions are produced with 37 LEDs per headlight.

The laser spot for the high-beam light made its debut in the summer of 2014 in the Audi R8 LMX, a limited edition model of the previous R8 model series. Shortly before that, it was used in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.