Audi unveiled the second generation R8 earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. Part of the new generation model range is also an all-electric R8 e-tron, which has now received a “piloted driving” version for the CES Asia.
The futuristic concept looks just like the R8-e-tron it is based on and packs the same electric 456 horses and 679 pound-feet of torque, good for a 0-62mph sprint in 3.9 seconds. Range is up to 280 miles (up from 133 miles on the previous generation R8 e-tron).
The difference is that the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept can do all this without any driver intervention.
All this is possible thanks to a new type of laser scanner, several video cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors at the front and rear. Based on signals from these sources, the central driver assistance control unit (zFAS), a compact central computer, computes a comprehensive picture of the vehicle’s environment.
The R8 e-tron is not on sale yet and it does not yet have type approval. Audi never got the first generation R8 e-tron into the showrooms, lets hope the second generation model makes it there soon. Of course it will come without all the “piloted driving” concept whistles, meaning you would still be the one in charge of all these electric horses.