The Audi R8 e-tron is going to be heard, even though its four electric engines run silently. Audi has spent three years developing the right sound for its newest all electric vehicle, and they have released a video showcasing the process behind assigning a sound to the R8 e-tron.
In the video we are introduced to composer Rudolph Halbmeir in the studio, working with his digital audio work space to create the sound that will be emitted from the R8 e-tron. It was essential for Audi to come up with some sort of tone that would accompany the e-tron’s electric engines, as driving with no engine feedback whatsoever would surely be a very unnatural feeling to most drivers.
The sound took over three years to develop, and makes the Audi R8 e-tron sound like something straight out of Star Trek. The sound is suited well to the car as it clearly announces that the e-tron is an electric vehicle, but also helps the car keep its performance oriented roots.
Watch the video below to see the Audi acoustics engineers designing the sound for the 2012 Audi R8 e-tron.
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