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It was only a matter of time. Audi unveils the R8 supercar, and somebody wants to take it racing. Leave it to the Dutch to pick up the slack, as Netherlands-based Creventic BV is preparing the "CR-8" for an assault on endurance sportscar racing.

Thus far, Creventic has been cautious with its modifications. The current CR-8 benefits from a remapped engine management system to produce 430 hp (ten horses over the stock 420) and the removal of the factory-installed low-gear restrictor, as well as a host of baubles and bolt-ons to the body to bring it up to race spec. 18-inch BBS competition rims wrapped in Toyo racing slicks are put in place, a 90-liter racing fuel tank installed and AST suspension components mounted at all four corners. Creventic is also working on squeezing more power out of the RS4-derived V8 engine, a race-spec sequential gearbox and carbon fiber body panels, among other competition modifications.

The first pair of CR-8s will be shown next month at the Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates for a race-track shakedown and public unveiling, with the first customer cars to be delivered shortly thereafter.

Check out CR-8.com for more details, and the gallery below for a whole mess of pics.

[Source: CR-8.com via Le Blog Auto]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      that is hot. Doesn't take much for that to look like a real dyed-in-the-wool race machine.

      I wouldn't want my car painted like that, but that does look seriously good on a racer.

      Hard to imagine a better production car turned racer, this side of the Ferrari Scuderia/GT2, Porsche's GT monsters, and the McLaren F1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mmmmmmm....that's all I can say....mmmmmmm...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I never thought that the R8 could actually look good but I am being proven wrong with this one.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the R8 looks great. many tuner version look awful though
      • 7 Years Ago
      damn that is hot, I even like the wing.

      On another note, how does one change their avatar?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Click on your name in this post, new window opens. On the top right, log in with your password, and when your are logged in, follow the instructions.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GT1 ALMS racer? Heck, i'd even take GT2 if they didnt want to try and fiddle with the juice too much :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        No can do. ALMS prohibits AWD
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      the CR-8 designation is wasted on this car.

      come on, crate engine CR-8

      how sweet.

      • 7 Years Ago
      :thumbs down:

      Where does one hold their cafe latte ?