Audi To Provide Optional Laser Headlights On The New R8 - Overdrive

Audi to provide optional laser headlights on the new R8

17 Feb 2015 / 0

The new Audi R8 is due for launch soon and prior to that, Audi has pulled off the wraps, just a little though to reveal the headlights and the new air dam. Audi say that new R8 will feature new laser headlights, albeit as an option to the standard LED headlights. The car comes with LED headlight and the laser lights will function when the driver selects high beam.

The laser headlight was first seen in Audi’s R8 LMX racecar and the 24-hour Le Mans winning Audi R-18 E-tron Quattro. Audi has now adapted the technology for its road going cars, and the new R8 will be the first to sport the new headlights.


Laser headlights, says Audi, generate a relatively high amount of light energy from a very small component and the throw of the laser headlights is twice that of  a standard LED unit. A single headlight consists of a module which operates with four laser diodes, each of which emit blue laser light beams which get converted to white lights by means of a phosphor converter.

The picture also reveals a new front end design featuring air dams with vertical slats. The new Audi is expected to be launched in India soon after its launch globally, and the option of laser headlights will prove to be a boon on our roads.

The new R8 will set new standards among high-performance sports cars – including in
its lighting technology. As an option, the latest car development by Audi can be
equipped with a laser spot as the high-beam headlight. The special appeal of laser
lighting 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 attain nearly twice the lighting range.

Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high-intensity
laser diodes. 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 an 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. The laser spot is the latest production technology in a long line of lighting
innovations. Audi introduced LED technology to the market for the first time in 2004
– in the daytime running lights of the Audi A8 L W12*. Lighting technologies such as
LED daytime running lights, Matrix LED headlights and laser spot high-beam lights
are prime examples of technology that visualize the core values of the Audi brand:
progressiveness, sportiness and sophistication.

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