Performance hybrids are the way forward for many luxury brands, and the Audi Sport Quattro Concept, with its 700 horsepower hybrid drivetrain, is one of the coolest concepts yet. For the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, Audi is rolling out an updated version of the Sport Quattro Concept called the Laserlight, which adds frickin’ laser beams to an already awesome auto.
While we tend to focus mostly on powertrains and alternative fuels, these seemingly small advancements in headlight technology can have huge ramifications for drivers. Despite being comparatively tiny in size, the little laser diodes can project a beam of light twice as bright and three times as far as the LED headlights Audi already uses on most of its models. The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight can see up to a third of a mile ahead with its new laserbeam headlights.
Much of the rest of the Sport Quattro Concept is the same, including the 560 horsepower twin-turbo V8 and 14.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers up to 31 miles of all-electric range. Unlike the rest of this concept though, the laser headlights are already slated for use in the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro in the upcoming World Endurance Championship. The Sport Quattro Concept is just the latest high-performance, high-MPG car Audi has rolled out to much fanfare and applause.
Eventually, laser headlights are likely to become the norm as automakers continue to drive towards ever-more-efficient automobiles. Lasers are going to become a bigger part of the automotive industry sooner, rather than later, and Audi looks like it wants to lead the way.