New Light Features on the Limited Audi R8 LMX
Audi R8LMX road test
You may want to reevaluate your latest auto crush this summer in time for Audi’s R8 LMX groundbreaking summer debut. A leader in developing automotive lighting technology, Audi has released a series of production cars boasting the more advanced lighting features. From equipping the Audi R8 with all LED headlights in 2008 and innovating dynamic turn signals in 2012, to launching a new chapter in automotive lighting with its Matrix LED headlights in 2014, Audi continues to defy the lighting game. The next evolution for Audi: the laser spot for high beams. By increasing range and safety substantially, the laser high beams have transformed the limited edition R8 LMX into a pioneer of unprecedented technology and breathtaking performance.
MAKING IT HAPPEN
The Audi engineers work very closely with their racing colleagues on the development of lighting technologies. The combination of LED and laser high beams, for example, was used for the first time on the new Audi R18 e tron quattro at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14 and 15. The premium brand is thus continuing its tradition of using racing to test new technologies destined for production.
“Audi has long dominated the most important 24-hour race,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development. “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.”
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Thanks to the new laser high beams, one laser module per headlight creates a cone of light with twice the range of the all-LED headlight. Each module encompasses four high power diodes, which generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. With the help of a phosphor converter, the beam is transformed into roadworthy white light with a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin—ideal conditions for the human eye, enabling the driver to recognize contrast more easily and even preventing fatigue while driving. Active at speeds of about 37 mph and above, the laser spot supplements the LED high beam in the R8 LMX while significantly enhancing visibility and safety. Going above and beyond, the R8 LMX engineers also equipped the car with an intelligent camera-based sensor system, which detects other road users and actively adjusts the light pattern to exclude them.
FRESH, CUTTING-EDGE DESIGN
The Audi R8 is the most dynamic, top of the line Audi model ever designed. Its high-revving, mid mounted engine, double wishbone suspension and Audi Space Frame truly embrace the essence of racing. The Audi R8 LMX is available as a coupe with a production run limited to 99 vehicles. It features a 5.2 liter, V10 engine, accelerating the LMX from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. With a top speed of 200 mph, the supercar has an average of 18.8 miles per gallon of fuel.
HITTING THE STREETS
The Audi R8 LMX offers breathtaking performance and revolutionary technology, being the first production car in the world to come equipped with laser high beams. The limited-edition vehicle is making its summer debut, with a base price of €210,000 in Germany or about $285,000 in the United States.