Now the BMW i8 will not be the only exotic sports car with lasers. The Audi R8 LMX is getting laser high beams. This will make the limited edition Audi R8 a smidge cooler than it already was and will be the first production model fitted with laser high beams, according to the brand. Likely due to the production timelines for each company and which model will be officially released first.
While it is a bit unclear which company had what laser in production form first, one thing is crystal clear: laser beams on cars is awesome. Should Audi beat BMW to the punch, it does seem fitting because Audi was the first to roll out with all LEDs nearly a decade ago. Audi prefers to remain ahead of the curve and began implementing Matrix LEDs last year, and lasers are apparently the next step.
About laser lighting on vehicles
Using laser technology first began in auto racing, where a heady combo of lasers and LEDs lit up the scene on the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro at the 24-Hours of Le Mans. Lasers function better than all other lighting forms available for this purpose to date, with more illumination and control than even the best LED lights. According to Audi, just one laser module in a headlamp has the capacity to distribute a ray of light with double the range of an LED lamp. The laser lighting is also said to be gentler on human vision, making night driving safer for both the driver and the oncoming traffic. No one appreciates the jerk with an entire football field of lights bursting from their car in the middle of the night, forcing oncoming traffic to either close their eyes and hope for the best or to pull over and cry.
The limited edition Audi R8 LMX will pack the specialized V10 engine kicking out 570 horses via a 7-speed S-tronic and a sports exhaust system. It will boast an exclusive crystal blue coat and a carbon fiber aero kit. There is also a rear wing, if you are into that sort of ugly. Just 99 will be produced and they are likely all spoken for.