• Feb 28, 2011
Audi R8 NF prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi
has hinted that it's in the process of developing an ultra-lightweight version of the R8 codenamed NF. Revealed during a technology demonstration at its lightweight materials facility in Germany, the NF is tipped to debut around 2014.

While there are no photos of the car available, Motor Trend reports that Audi showed off an R8 V10 that had several body panels replaced with carbon fiber units that may well be related to the NF's development. When the NF breaks cover, it is expected to sport a carbon-fiber passenger compartment, with a full cf bulkhead between the occupants and the engine compartment.

Apparently, the NF will incorporate not only its own technology, but pieces from the R8 Spyder, limited-edition R8GT and E-Tron concept. Audi said the prototype at the demonstration was 20 percent lighter than the current aluminum-bodied R8, yet it maintains its structural integrity and crash worthiness. To prove their point, Audi engineers showed off a crash-tested R8 that sported cf roof rails.



[Source: Motor Trend | Images: Audi]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      NF = Not Fat
      • 3 Years Ago
      HAHA its still gonna be heavy no matter what they do. BMW M3 GTS will eat it any time any place.
      • 3 Years Ago
      20% less, really? Sounds like an R8 in GT3RS territory.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And it's sorely needed. When I sold Audi's I lost several sales to Porsche simply because of driving feel. The R8 is an excellent, excellent sports car, but compared to the excitement of the RS, it's not even close.
      • 3 Years Ago
      At 3605lbs the V10 R8 is no light weight (though, it still manages to fend off the likes of Aston's best or bruise the LF-A). At 3,000lbs the R8 V10 is only going to have the limited run gallardo and maybe the McLaren to contend with. It should place the R8 in F458 territory which seems odd given Lamborghini has that covered.

      Whatever. Keep it up Audi, eventually BMW might get around to building a supercar, a decade after Audi's been tasking themselves with doing so.
        • 3 Years Ago
        But this is a sexier, curvier beast with (hopefully) a sub-3000 lb. curb weight, and probably the Volkswagen Group's 4.0L twin-turbo V8, which would probably be more powerful than the V10 (say 550 hp). The R8 was more of a sports car. This would be a true supercar.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Of course, when you build the R8 out of carbon fiber instead of steel and aluminum, it will be priced in Gallardo/458/McLaren territory as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think the r8 is already beast and making it lighter is a great idea.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And it sounds like a great venue for a supercharged and over-bored (cutting material out of the engine raises displacement, and lightens the block) V8, with a RWD transaxle, leaving the AWD stuff off. Plus a V8 is lighter than a V10.

      A 4.5 Supercharged V8 making over 500 horsepower, with less driveline drag and mechanical weight, in a car that is a few hundred pounds lighter than it's metallic alternative... That sounds like a bit of a screamer.

      And for the BMW fan... M3 will never be mid-engine-balanced. Even if it is more powerful, it isn't going to behave like a mid-engined car in terms of traction and handling.

      And no way on earth will it look as good as any R8. BMW has not been on their styling game for a while now, and aren't competing with the R8 with a successor to the M1.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im more curious about that orange R8!
      What model is that? GT?
      It looks gorgeous,at least what I can see....
      • 3 Years Ago
      i hope the price is reasonable.
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