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.
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.