The Audi R8 e-tron piloted driving concept car has been unveiled at CES Asia 2015 in Shanghai. The concept car is an autonomous version of the R8 e-tron unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March and sits on the multimaterial Space Frame of the second generation R8. The concept car made a dramatic world premiere by driving to the stage in autonomous mode. The official video of the full event is embedded at the end of this post.
The autonomous concept car is equipped with all the functions of piloted driving. An array of sensors work for the autonomous driving function, including several video cameras, a new type of laser scanner, and ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors at the front and rear. The data obtained from these sources is used by the central driver assistance control unit (zFAS) to compute a comprehensive picture of the vehicle’s environment.
Powering the EV, is a large T-shaped battery integrated into the centre tunnel, behind the occupant cell. The battery is positioned strategically to achieve a low centre of gravity for enhanced vehicle dynamics. Two electric motors, using a 92 kWh lithium-ion battery, generate 381 hp and 820 Nm of torque. The massive power output helps the pure-electric supercar to reach 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Achievable top speed is 250 km/h but electronically-limited to 210 km/h. The Combined Charging System (CCS) on board allows charging the battery pack fully using alternating and direct current within less than two hours.
The event also hosted Chinese debut of the 2015 Audi TT Coupe. Concluding his speech at the event, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management at Audi AG for Technical Development, reemphasized the company’s commitment to introducing alternative drivetrains on its vehicles by saying that they “plan to have a plug-in hybrid in every model family in the coming years”. He reaffirmed the company’s plan to introduce the alleged Q6 – a new battery-powered sports activity vehicle, in early 2018.