The Audi R8's supercar nature means that it hasn’t been tested by any safety organization. Nevertheless, the vehicle has quite a few aces up its sleeve, both in terms of active and passive safety. Some of the characteristics that brought the R8 extra points for the "Open road" chapter also increase its score here. We have to start with the Audi Space Frame all-aluminum body structure, which brings an impressive level of rigidity.
To counteract the loss in rigidity brought by the lack of the roof, the Spyder comes with reinforced areas. The floor, sills and pillars of the car have been strengthened compared to those of the coupe.
The Spyder features two rollover protection elements. We are talking about a pair of spring-loaded aluminum parts placed in the bulkhead of the car. These are controlled using magnetic switches, which work independently and can be raised in just 0.2 of a second.
The protection elements are activated by the deployment of a belt tensioner or an airbag. Speaking of airbags, the Spyder offers two-stage ones for the frontal impact protection, passenger and driver knee airbags, as well as seat backrest-mounted head and thorax side airbags. However, not even the coupe models offer side curtain airbags. As for the rear impact, the R8 relies on Audi's integral head restraint system to minimize the risk of whiplash injuries.
The quattro all-wheel drive also plays an important role for this chapter. Unlike that in most Audis, this is seriously rear-biased, but it can send up to 30 percent of the power to the front wheels when this is necessary.
We must also mention that the R8 was the first production car in the world to feature all-LED headlights and you'll enjoy the benefits of this everytime the sun goes down.Continue reading