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.
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.
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.