The Audi RS e-tron GT is not only the fastest accelerating model in Audi’s line-up, it’s probably the sleekest as well. When you think of electric vehicles (EVs) that make a statement, the Audi RS e-tron GT definitely comes to mind. With the century sprint only taking 3.3 seconds (in boost mode) from standstill, this is proof that the Audi signature RS continues to dominate in the up-and-coming EV world.
The brand’s first fully-electric sports car certainly has the specs to impress. It is also a beauty from every angle and here are some tips from the photojournalists with Horizon Drivers Club to capture its stunning good looks perfectly.
Photography tips: To shoot the most dynamic angle of the car from the front, go for 45 degrees. A low angle make the car come across as more aggressive, and avoid using wide focal lengths to prevent distorting the subject. Take a few steps back and use 35mm or 50mm to compress the subject and background.
If you wish to capture the headlights, be sure to balance the exposure so that the details are not overexposed. You can use a tight shot, and it is paramount to prevent the headlights from shining directly into your camera as it will cause flares in the photo, and might damage your camera sensor. Focus on the intricate details, colours and patterns in the headlight assembly.
With the power rating of the Audi RS e-tron GT, it is likely that commuters will only get a glimpse of the car – and what a sight! It commands attention with the wide muscular silhouette and its dynamic presence. It offers onlookers a hint of the sheer power the Audi RS e-tron GT possesses. Overlooking the hills on Canterbury Road, the car appears to be accelerating even when standing still.
Photography tips: Pick a neutral background so that your subject stands out and switch on the lights. Then, use the colour wheel to find complementary colours to create contrast between your subject and background. You can achieve soft and even lighting by shooting when clouds block the sun.
Another exquisite detail that distinguishes the Audi RS e-tron GT is the linear design of its tail lights. Audi has struck a fine balance between being sophisticated with the design, yet blending well with the flow of the car. It’s an unmistakable sight — you’ll know you’re behind an Audi RS e-tron GT when you see one.
All this is perfectly captured in a single shot that shows more of the rear of the RS e-tron GT, to illustrate how every segment of the car is well thought through and crafted meticulously.
Photography tip: Rather than going in for a tight frame, step back and capture the sports car’s full rear. Think about how the subject colour contrasts from the background to create separation. In this instance, the red taillights with green background. (red and green are complementary colours on the colour wheel)
A unique feature on the Audi RS e-tron GT is the 21-inch alloy rim, complemented by the Audi Carbid brakes. The brake rotors acquire a mirror-like finish thanks to its tungsten carbide compound. Extreme performance requires extreme stopping power and the Audi Carbid brake system increases the braking performance as well reduces wear.
Photography tip: To show it in all its glory, capture the gran turismo’s distinct wheels by going for a tight shot. Look out for striking colours in the frame to give the photo some contrast.
To complement the Audi RS e-tron GT’s aerodynamic performance, the active rear wing can be actively adjusted. It comes across as functional yet subtle, and providing additional downforce to the rear of the car while still maintaining its smooth sleek profile.
Photography tips: Use a slightly higher and wider angle to show both the wing deployed and the sporty rear end.
When you venture into the Audi RS e-tron GT, there is a sense of luxury combined with unsurpassed functionality. Every surface looks and feels premium and controls are well laid out. The proof is evident in this picture of the interior of the Audi RS e-tron GT, showing the wheel, centre console and seats in the fully-integrated cockpit. The entire instrument panel appears lean and light. It is also presented on horizontal levels, creating width and spatial depth.
Photography tips: Use a wide angle to show the entire interface and the cockpit. Wait for clouds above the car to get soft and even lighting throughout the entire cockpit.
The RS badging is a discreet reminder of the power-packed performance at your command, amounting to 440 kW of electrical power and 830 Nm of torque. The picture is framed in a way to show the RS badging on the tread plates, along with the sporty red trim, promising the driver an exciting and engaging drive.
Photography tips: Explore creative photography angles by including other elements of the car. Use brightness to draw attention to the subject, as our eyes are always drawn to the brightest part of the photo.
Cocooning the driver and the front seat passenger comfortably with excellent lateral support are the sports seats in eye-catching perforated leather with honeycomb stitching. Both enjoy a sporty low position, separated by the wide centre tunnel. The selector switch for the gears, which provides a highly precise haptic control experience, is situated on its console. Once again, the RS badging on the seats gives the Audi RS e-tron GT an impression of immense strength.
Photography tips: Draw attention to the seats by allowing light to shine through the sunroof (if available).