Audi has made the public debut of the new R8 e-tron Piloted Driving Concept at the 2015 CES Asia, which is taking place as we speak in Shanghai.

Forget about other models in Audi’s lineup for the moment because the newest creation of the carmaker is called the R8 e-tron Piloted Driving Concept and it was officially unveiled recently during the 2015 CES Asia, in Shanghai.

“The R8 e-tron piloted driving technical study is equipped with all of the functions of piloted driving. Data is acquired from the interplay of an array of sensors: 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”, as it is being explained in the press release.

The one-off vehicle has been based on the new generation of the road-legal R8 and it is coming with a carbon fiber reinforced polymer, with the multimaterial Space Frame, a high-voltage battery produced by Audi and several other tweaks. The carmaker says that the R8 e-tron can be built in handcrafted quality to “meet special customer requests”. The one-off vehicle is taking its power from the same electric motor as the R8 e-tron which is rated 462 HP (340 kW) and 920 Nm (679 lb-ft) of torque. From 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), this needs 3.9 seconds and it has a total electric range of 450 km/h (297 miles).


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