It is well known that Audi is big on LEDs since almost all Audi vehicles are equipped with LED headlights and taillights. At CES 2014, Audi debuted a new vehicle concept that utilizes laser diodes for the high beams as well as LEDs for the low beams. The concept car is called the Audi Sport Quattro Laser Light Concept and is equipped with many innovative features such as user control and display interfaces, hybrid technology and the laser lighting technology mentioned above. The laser diodes that power the high beams double the distance of LEDs at a 1640-foot range, which is a third of a mile. Furthermore, laser diodes are three times as bright as LED headlights and the design takes up less space than LEDs. These laser headlights are expected to increase the safety of night driving.
The Audi Sport Quattro Laser Light Concept is powered by a twin turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine and an electric motor. This equates to a 700-hp hybrid that comes with an eight speed tiptronic transmission. The hybrid engine can power the vehicle up to 31 miles and at full power, the vehicle can reach 190 mph and 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. Key driving information is displayed on the dash in high resolution, three-dimensional graphics powered by a Tegra processor. In addition, this vehicle was designed to be very light weight with many aluminum body panels such as the doors and fenders. The roof, hood and truck are all carbon composites. It is unknown if this vehicle will reach production status or be sold in America due to the Department of Transportation’s strict regulations on headlights.