Limited edition Audi R8 LMX fitted with the world’s first laser headlights.
A select number of Australian customers will have access to a special edition of Audi’s R8 supercar the R8 LMX, whose party piece is a pair of laser headlights just beating the BMW i8 to market with the technology.
The lasers serve as the LMX’s high beams, and function above 60km/h enhancing visibility for the driver. The new lights adjust accordingly when oncoming traffic approaches.
Audi says the LED and laser headlight clusters will make a motorsport debut in the new Audi R18 e-tron at Le Mans, which will be held from June 14 to 15 at the famous Circuit de La Sarthe. The use of the technology in the race signifies Audi’s commitment to joint R&D on and off the track.
“Audi has long dominated the most important 24-hour race. In addition to the outstanding TDI drive technology, a maximum light yield gives our pilots a major advantage, and with night racing in particular is a key factor to our success,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s R&D chief.
The LMX isn’t just differentiated by fancy headlamps. All 99 examples will be in the coupe body style and will be painted in a special Ara Blue. Various body bits including the hatch to the engine bay, wing mirror covers and parts of the body kit are formed from matte carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer.
A matching black and blue colour scheme continues inside, with the seats wrapped in Nappa Leather and have Ara Blue backrests and Sepang Blue stitching binds the handbrake lever, steering wheel, instrument cowl and centre console lid.
Volkswagen Group’s wondrously musical 5.2 litre V10 churns out an atomic 419kW and 540Nm of torque, helping the supercar surge 100km/h in a blistering 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 320km/h.
The Quattro all-wheel drive system and S-Tronic transmission spin a set of black 19inch wheels that a married to carbon ceramic anchors.
More details on Australian deliveries will be provided at a later date.