The First Sport Car You Wouldn’t Race

Audi has a new electric, autonomous vehicle that hits 0-100 in 3.9 seconds

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The new R8 e-tron electric concept vehicle was introduced at CES Asia on Monday and guess what? It can drive by itself.

In the true spirit of 2015 cars, Audi has also unveiled a brand new supercar that emulates Tron. The new R8 e-tron electric concept vehicle was introduced at CES Asia on Monday and guess what? It can drive by itself.

It’s formal title, the Audi R8 e-tron piloted driving concept, has two electric motors that each have an 170kW power output which gives a total 456 horsepower (or in layman's terms, this bad boy goes from 0-100 km/h (alternatively 0 - 62.1 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. Meow.

The car tops out at a 210 km/h (120.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph) depending on the tires (and who’s driving it). Because it’s electric, it can scoot up to 450 kilometers (279.6 miles), which is pretty good, but even better: it can make a full charge in less than two hours with Audi’s brand new Combined Charging System (CCS), which charges with direct and alternating current (the future: hybrids).

This bad boy goes from 0-100 km/h (alternatively 0 - 62.1 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. Meow.

It’s looking pretty shiny but in case you’re thinking about racing Tron style, worry not! Outfitted with carbon fiber reinforced polymer, this bad boy can also take a hit.

So for everyone paying attention, yes, technically the car debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show back in March. But the brand new version comes with the latest Piloted Driving technology, which means it has tons of sensors (laser, radar, and ultrasonic) as well as video cameras on deck, which help steer the vehicle and alert Audi’s zFAS central driver assistance control unit.

So yeah, it’s a bit strange, because generally people buying sports cars like to actually race the car. Audi is calling it a “high-tech mobile laboratory” and honestly, I have to agree. It’s the future, folks.