• Nov 18, 2008
Click above for high-res spy shots of the Audi R8 GT3

Take one Audi R8, add a pinch of Satan's dandruff (it's potent stuff) and you get this: the R8 GT3. Spy photographers have caught this racing version of Audi's R8 supercar, which itself is named after the very successful diesel-powered R8 LeMans racer, circling the famed Nurburgring in Germany. As you can see in our gallery below, it looks all business with a Boeing-sized rear wing out back and asphalt-scraping carbon fiber splitter up front. Other mods made for racing include the large vent in the "hood" behind the grille, larger air scoops in the blades behind the doors, a plexiglass rear window and significantly wider track both front and rear. Our sources tell us that the suspension is supposedly entirely stock and the quattro all-wheel-drive system has been ditched in favor of rear-wheel-drive to meet current FIA GT3 regulations. As for the engine, the 4.2L V8 has supposedly been tweaked to produce 500 horsepower (up from 420). For all its wings, vents and fender flares, this R8 GT3 prototype reportedly only managed to lap the 'Ring in 8:41.00 due to slippery-when-wet conditions. Pay attention folks, as this is the turn-key racing R8 that Audi will soon unleash on teams who wish to crash the GT3 class in style.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Car is named after the R8 that had a twin turbo gas motor the R10 is the Diesel race car
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, I noticed this weird tent on the 'ring cam yesterday. I caught a pic of it with the R8's nose visible. Looks like there are tires in F1-style tirewarmers too!

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/79476372@N00/3041905970/
      • 6 Years Ago
      The person reporting this event is a total moron! If you know ANYTHING about the gt3 cars and their times on the ring then you WOULD KNOW they RUN A DIFFERENT LAP THaN THE PRODUCTION TEST CARS DO YOU MORONS!!!! GT3 (racecars) run the joint laps and production cars use standard old config laps...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe you guys should actually watch the NURB24 HRS event and learn something...

        Mr.John Neff should too ... not to trash your post but when you report something please research it... now you made 20 million playstation morons think their japanese cow can fly faster than gt3 racecars...

        excuse poor english its my best
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Crash in style"

      Nice!
      • 6 Years Ago
      You would think that someone would at least mention that the Corvette ZO6R entered by Callaway Competition in Germany is currently leading in this FIA GT3 championship. The final race is in Dubai next month. Corvettes and Ford GT's are the hot cars in this series. Corvette ZO6R's have already won the Euro GT3 championship. These are not C6R's which, have already won the ALMS and Euro LeMans series, but ZO6R's closely related to the street cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it looks like it would get violent on surrounding mortal cars....i like
      • 6 Years Ago
      mmmmmm *drools*
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has anyone seen my picnic table? Oh, there it is…
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you go to http://www.8200rpm.com/webcam/ at look at 18/11/2008 08:31 there is a clear (ish) shot.

      You would have figured ABT knows about the webcam.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does a mid-engine car need a vent over the luggage compartment?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's an exhaust for the radiator. Also provides extra downforce due to bringing air in straight and shooting it upward. The original GT40 had the same thing by the way, as well as many race cars before and since. I believe it may have been pioneered on the Shelby Daytona.

        Even 911 GT2 and GT3 street cars have this feature now (also do not have a front engine). Quite common.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks BAD*SS in black.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a fan of the R8... but Holy _____(cant say the rest or I'll get fired/banned/both....)
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