• May 17, 2008
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This year's Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race will feature perhaps the most wicked Audi R8 yet: a lightweight, custom-built racer that makes the road car look tame by comparison. To comply with the requirements for participation in the race, the stock 4.2L V8 donates its block and is rebuilt from there. The race-spec motor's displacement drops to 4.0 liters but it delivers a hefty 530 horsepower and 353 lb-ft of torque. The R8's stock front and rear bodywork is replaced by new, widebody carbon kevlar panels. Those outboard intakes in the nose are replaced by blanks, and out back, the custom exhaust's dual outlets poke through the spot where the license plate would reside on the production car. Other obvious additions are the front splitter, large rear wing, rear diffuser, and multiple cutouts in the aft bodywork to help with engine cooling. The entire package weighs in at just 2,755 pounds -- this thing should absolutely haul. German magazine Sport-Auto has been covering the car's development. We'll see how the car fares in competition next week.


[Sources: Sport-Auto, German Car Scene]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the Nurburg 24 hrs on US tv?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, did anyone else wonder why they were racing the old R8 instead of the R10 at first? I've always thought that R8 was sort of a strange name for the road car since it would get mixed up with the legendary Prototype.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excellent, I'll take two.
      • 6 Years Ago
      353 lb ft? thats pretty puny if you ask me. why cant euro engines come even close to good ol american V8's?
        • 6 Years Ago
        If they had a 4L V8 it would make 250 hp and 180 ft. lbs of torque before it exploded.
        • 6 Years Ago
        353 is puny from 4l? I take it the M3's 58 less lb ft is what? down right pathetic?
        • 6 Years Ago
        354ft-lbs from 3.988 liters is 89ft-lbs liter. That seems high even for a race car. Even for a flat plane crank V8 conversion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This better be in Gran Turismo 5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.sportauto-online.de/multimedia/fotostrecken/sport_auto_special/mpsfshw_show_504347_14461.hbs

      some pic´s from the sportauto page taken during the development of the car..

      The engine pic´s show Heinz Lehman who build up this engine.
      Lehman was part of the Audi race engine development for Trans Am, Imsa, WRC Rally, Pikes Peak, DTM and Touring car engines since 1982. A highly skilled race engine builder.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd love to see them make a variant for GT2 in the ALMS
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that's a wing!
      • 6 Years Ago
      the ad decals just made it look ugly :( but I guess that's what they do in motor racing...
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks cool. The body is almost the same as one of the wide kits in NFS Pro Street.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The effect of the wide body kit on the rear 'shoulders' combined with the racing wheels and tires is simply awesome!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome, can't wait to drive it in Forza 3 or GT5
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