Audi's R18 Race car featuring the digital rear view mirror
|   Friday, June 08, 2012
The prototype of Audi's R18 LMP has been revealed and it will also be featuring a digital rear view mirror. This vehicle has been designed to make sure that driving becomes less hectic and the person driving the vehicle knows what's going on at the back. Everything is recorded with a roof mounted camera that is light in weight. An AMOLED display in the car receives images from the camera which then presents the view of the back.

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich Head of Audi Motorsports said that before finally designing the digital mirror model, we tested the car in both day and night modes.
We got a great image of the car that was coming from far flashing its headlights.

This digital rear view mirror had already been tested on R8 but this system will be used on the R18 and you can see it at the 24 hours Le Mans.

The digital rear view mirror will be used in the R18 Racecar 1st premier or debut. It looks like a bat-mobile that is made from carbon fiber. It is characterized by LED headlights. Its chassis are made from carbon fiber monocoque. Its design is such that its complements its light weight and so it increases the stiffness of the car.

You would probably be waiting for getting details on the powertrain of the car. It is featured with 3.7 liter V 6 engine that provides 6-speed transmission. The company has not given detailed information on the features and specifications of this car but we have got to know this thing that it will be cheaper and better in performance than R15.
Audi will be making 3 R18 Racecars and they will be debuted at the Spa –Francorchamps 6 Hours in Belgium.

Audi is not only working on the R18 Racecar. It also mentioned that it will start to work on the production of A4 DTM. No clear details were provided on it but it was said that it will be similar to R17 and the concept of this car will be announced next year in summer.

The camera installed in the R18 Racecar is not just meant to display images. It can also provide you feedback on gear indicator and information such as waving a race flag etc.

You might be of the view that placing a mirror inside the vehicle would be simple but this isn't the way things are. As the car is meant for 24 hours race, therefore such a mirror was needed that could give a clear view no matter its dark, raining or even snowing. Therefore, placing a mirror is not simple if it is meant to provide a clear and perfect view of the back.

Because of these threats, Audi used the AMOLED display in order to make sure that nothing could affect the view. Hence, even if the car is vibrating, there won't be any effect on the image that is for sure. This technology has made people really want to see this car in person.
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