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Autonomous Audi RS7 Set To Lap Hockenheimring

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Audi will be unleashing an autonomous RS7 at the Hockenheimring this weekend. Designed to showcase the advances made in driverless car technology, Audi says the autonomous RS7 will be able to set a lap time comparable to a professional racing driver.

Set to take place on Sunday, 19th October, the driverless RS7 will race up to speeds of 240km/h, right up “to its physical limits with millimeter precision.” The lap is set to take place during the season finale of the German Touring Car Championship.

This isn't the first driverless Audi ever. In 2010 a TTS attacked Pikes Peak in similar fashion.

This isn’t the first driverless Audi ever. In 2010 a TTS attacked Pikes Peak in similar fashion.

The RS7 is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that produces 552hp and 700Nm of torque. Official performance figures point to a century sprint time of 3.9 seconds, and a heavily limited top speed of 250km/h.

Audi fully expects “the world’s sportiest piloted driving car” to set a lap time of just over two minutes, at which the RS7 would stand not only to be the fastest driverless car ever to lap the circuit, but also potentially the fastest four-door, provided it can beat the 2:02.71 lap time set by a BMW M3 sedan in 2007.

Impressive as it is, we still enjoy driving our cars, Audi.

Impressive as it is, we still enjoy driving our cars, Audi.

The lap record for a road-legal production car around the Hockenheimring stands at 1:48.5, unsurprisingly set by the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Below are a couple of teasers provided by Audi.

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The most recent member of the collective, Kiron now follows the team to cover local and international automotive events. He is now training in multimedia journalism, acquiring experience in onsite reporting, feature writing, photography, videography, and social media engagement. Conspicuously influenced by Andrew and Jack in the rewarding life of a biker, Kiron now harbours a deep-seated love for motorcycle riding (and fuel-saving).

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