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Audi Develops Race Version of the R8

Post by LhYnxz on Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:03 pm

Source: Audi AG

  • Customer sport programme with the mid-engine sportscar
  • First races planned for 2009 season
  • Factory driver Frank Biela completes roll-out

    INGOLSTADT, Germany, Aug 27, 2008 - For the first time, Audi Sport
    will offer a racing sports car specifically developed for customer use
    in the form of the powerful 500 hp plus GT3 version of the Audi R8
    which will be available from autumn 2009. The logistics and factory
    space required for the AUDI AG customer programme will be created over
    the next few months in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm and Gy&oum;lr.
    "The R8 is the first production Audi bearing the name and genes
    of a successful racing sportscar and is therefore an excellent base
    from which to build up our first big customer sport programme,"
    explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. "Ever since the
    R8 was unveiled weve been inundated with enquiries about a race
    version. With the Audi R8 we will offer customers a racing sportscar
    equipped with high-calibre technology and the typical Audi qualities,
    but which is nevertheless easy to handle."

    The Audi R8 conforms to the production-based GT3 regulations
    allowing the car to be fielded in numerous national and international
    race series.
    Because the GT3 regulations prohibit the use of four-wheel
    drive the Audi R8 comes with the typical GT rear-wheel drive. The power
    is transmitted via a newly developed six-speed sequential sports
    gearbox. The suspension uses almost exclusively components from the
    production line. A comprehensive list of safety equipment guarantees
    the highest-level of passive safety. A modified front end and a large
    rear-wing generate the required downforce for the race track.

    The Audi R8, which bears the project name "R16" within Audi
    Sport, was developed under the direction of Audi Sport. Mid August, the
    first prototype successfully completed a roll-out in the hands of Audi
    factory driver Frank Biela.
    The first test races in various European racing series are
    scheduled for the 2009 season. Delivery to the customers is planned
    from the autumn of this coming year.
    The customer cars are manufactured together by Audi Sport and
    the quattro GmbH, which is also responsible for production of the Audi
    R8 street version, and Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. (Gyr).

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