Audi's motto of "Vorsprung Durch Technik" is ringing true as the RS 7 piloted driving concept has a set a new lap record at the Parcmotor race track outside of Barcelona, Spain.
Audi's motto of "Vorsprung Durch Technik" is ringing true as the RS 7 piloted driving concept has set a new lap record at the Parcmotor race track outside of Barcelona, Spain.
During an attempt, the concept was able to autonomously lap the 2.6 mile (4.2 km) long course in 2:07.67 minutes. This means the car - nicknamed Robby - posted an average speed in excess of 73 mph (117 km/h).
Unveiled earlier this year, Robby is an updated version of the original RS 7 piloted driving concept which was called Bobby. It weighs about 881 lbs (400 kg) less than its predecessor and features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that develops 552 bhp (560 PS / 412 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
Of course, the real magic happens elsewhere as the car uses a 3D camera and super-accurate GPS signals to navigate. The information is sent to a computer where it is compared against information that is already stored onboard. In the case of the 3D images, they are compared against hundreds of known features such as buildings. This enables the car to know its exact position, so it can hit the straights at full throttle, initiate full braking in corners, and drive a near perfect line throughout the course.