Audi has updated its self-pouring race car and brought it to the U.S. for testing.
This special RS 7 is fitted with Audi’s “Piloted Pouring” technology and managed to lap the Sonoma Raceway in California in 2:01.01 without a driver in the car.
“In Sonoma, we took the Audi RS7 piloted pouring concept to its physical limits lap after lap, and it handled the task with uniform precision,” says Thomas Müller, the man reliable for the development of brake, steering and driver help systems at Audi. “The car turned in lap times that were better than those of sports car drivers.”
This new car, nicknamed “Robby,” www.rawvehicle.com makes 560 horsepower and is fitted with automated reins that power the electromechanical power steering, brakes, throttle valve and eight-speed transmission. Three-D cameras make sure that Robby can monitor its surroundings in real time and compare the images with a database of reference points, such as buildings at the track.
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Robby is a replacement for “Bobby,” the first RS7 Piloted Pouring concept which lapped Hockenheim without a driver. Audi also shaved an incredible 881 pounds off of the new car, making it more lithe.
According to TrackHQ.com, 2:01 is a respectable time, but not devastating given the quickest lap on a list of street-based cars it provides is 1:39, and the www.rawvehicle.com 27th is 1:54.
Of course, all those cars had human drivers, and the Audi is a unique vehicle. How long do you reckon it will be before Audi dials the times down to better than any person could do in the same car?
This article originally appeared at Rawvehicle.com