Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept With Freakin’ Lasers To Debut At CES

Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Front

The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept is set to debut at CES next week and, yes, it’s equipped with actual lasers in the headlights.

Sadly, you will not be able to cruise down the street shooting these lasers like something out of a big budget sci-fi flick. Instead, they’ll offer exceptional illumination of the road ahead. The dual headlights of the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept will combine both matrix LED and laser light technology.

Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Interior

The system has two low-profile trapezoidal elements that you can actually see in the headlights. The outer one is for low beams and uses the matrix LEDs and an aperture mask. The inner one uses laser light and is engaged when you use the high beams. The laser diodes are much smaller than the LED diodes measuring just a few microns in diameter.

The benefit of this laser light technology is the increased illumination range they provide. They’ll light up about 1,640 feet out which is twice the range of traditional LED headlights. In addition to providing extra distance, they also give around three times the luminosity of the LED lights.

Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Profile

This lighting technology is making its debut on a concept car, but the Audi Sport Quatrro Laserlight isn’t the only car they’ve enhanced with these lasers. Youi’ll be seeing the same laser light tech on the race track in the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro.

As for what else you can find in the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept, it’s pretty much the same vehicle as the Audi Sport Quattro concept that they debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in September of last year. Other than the laser headlights, the changes to the vehicle have been purely cosmetic. This one is painted a rich Plasma Red instead of yellow and the black interior has been swapped out for a more sedate Slate Grey.

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.