Audi has revealed the driverless (but "piloted") and tech-loaded RS 7 that will, it hopes, perform a record-setting fast lap of the Hockenheimring this weekend.
The event, to be held at the season finale of this year's DTM racing series, will see Audi’s big 412kW/700Nm RS 7 take to the track with an empty driver’s seat and a full-throttle strategy.
Audi claims its early tests have shown the driverless RS 7 is capable of lapping the Hockenheimring in “just over two minutes”.
That’s well short of the 1:34 DTM series lap record set in 2012 by M3 driver Augusto Farfus, but for a production car that will be driven autonomously, it’s no small feat.
In fact, Audi claims that the driverless aspect will be no hindrance at all.
“With the latest Audi developments on board, the technology platform will drive to its physical limits with millimetre-perfect precision."
"In the process, it will be approximately as fast as with a professional race car driver at the wheel,” the company claims.
The special RS 7 is driven by a system that utilises "specially corrected GPS signals" to find its way along a pre-set course on the track, accurate down to just one centimetre.
The system also utilises a camera system that compares its vision with stored graphical data, including the design of buildings and other structures along the side of the track.
All of this is linked in to the RS 7's steering, throttle, brakes, eight-speed tiptronic auto and quattro all-wheel-drive.
Check back later this week for the project's results.
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