Video: Audi TT RS

The sportscar's charged five-cylinder now produces 294kW/480Nm and benefits from matrix OLED rear lighting technology

Audi has invested heavily in lighting technology, from implementing to LEDs to moving to more advanced technologies – almost at the same time as BMW introduced matrix LEDs on the i3 plug-in hybrid sports car Audi integrated a similar system in the R8 super car.

The firm is now moving forward with this system and has developed matrix OLEDs for the TT RS’s rear lights.

“Their planar light is extremely homogeneous and precise, it doesn’t cast any harsh shadows and does not require any reflectors or light guides. This makes the OLED units efficient and lightweight,” said Audi.

In each rear light there are four wafer-thin lighting elements that become smaller from inside to outside. The dynamic turn signals, which run in the direction the driver intends to turn, are located at the lower edge of the rear lights. Reflectors, reversing lights and rear fog lights are positioned in the upper zone.

Whereas the technology used in the front has been designed to improve illumination, at the rear it has a more aesthetic purpose. When the vehicle is started a light show begins with the light running in a fast loop over all four units. Lastly, an arrow-shaped, visually homogeneous LED light guide illuminates.

How far the technology moves through Audi’s vehicle line-up is debatable, but it’s arguably the type of gimmick that sports car drivers would appreciate.

tags: Audi High Performance