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  • VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nuerburgring 2011, 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen (2011-08-27): Frank Biela, Christian Hohenadel, Michael Ammermueller (Audi TT RS). Foto: Jan Brucke/VLN
It was a lengthy and Facebook-y process to get the Audi TT-RS to come to the United States, so why not grab all the TT-RS that you can? Audi is offering a racing version of its hottest TT model: a 380-horsepower, front-wheel-drive hardtop that has already won its class in the Nürburgring 24-Hour race and is legal for the VLN's SP4T class. Nor has the lack of quattro unduly compromised it, since it also took first-in-class at a six-hour race in changing conditions.

It will run €180,000, but that comes with "optimal support to our customers" according to Audi. You'll find the full presser after the jump, and enough high-res photos for a taste of the kerb-eating goodness.
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- New Audi customer sport race car available for 2012
- Nürburgring victory marked successful completion of testing phase
- Production-derived five-cylinder engine makes high mileage possible

Ingolstadt, September 8, 2011 - Alongside the successful R8 LMS, Audi Sport customer racing is now offering another attractive customer sport race car: the racing version of the Audi TT RS can be ordered effective immediately.

The front-wheel drive TT RS powered by an engine with an output of about 279 kW (380 HP) has been developed by quattro GmbH in collaboration with Technical Development of AUDI AG for the SP4T class of the VLN Endurance Championship and extensively tested for about one year. After class victory at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in June, the testing phase culminated in an impressive performance at the 6-hour race on the world's toughest race track at the end of August: the first pole position of a front-wheel drive vehicle in the history of the VLN and overall victory ahead of rivals with higher power ratings.

"In the TT RS Audi is making the next attractive customer sport race car available to interested teams," says Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. "In line with the products our customers have come to expect of us, the TT RS is another car that has been designed for a wide range of racing conditions and easy handling. The TT RS perfectly mastered the load at the 24-hour race while being able to prove its exceptionally forgiving handling characteristics at the 6-hour race in the unpredictable conditions of constantly changing weather."

As a production-derived unit the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine is designed for extremely high mileage. Its power drives the front wheels via a sequential six-speed racing transmission. Paddle shifters allow customers to fully concentrate on the action on the race track.

Audi has developed a race car body for the TT RS that is designed for maximum safety and high aerodynamic efficiency. But downforce is not the only thing that helps to put the power on the road. A sophisticated racing suspension with a wide range of adjustment options that are easy to operate assures supreme road-holding and particularly good balance.

Audi Sport customer racing offers the ready-to-race TT RS to its customers at the price of 180,000 euros (net). "For this model we also provide optimal support to our customers," says Werner Frowein, Managing Director of quattro GmbH who is responsible for the customer activities at Audi. "They benefit from our experience with the R8 LMS and the extensive testing program we have completed with the TT RS. Customers can look forward to a reliable, easy-to-drive and affordable high-tech sports car plus the Audi service to which they have become accustomed."

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      • 3 Years Ago
      ill take 428 Italia. Audi FWD fail again
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait, FWD? Why the hell would Audi do THAT? Everyone knows that trying to send that much power to the front wheels is foolhardy, I don't care how sophisticated your front suspension design is. Also, this is AUDI, they made AWD famous with their Quattro; why the heck would they forsake it for this model?
        • 3 Years Ago
        You sir seem to know a lot more than everyone at Audi, why don't you join them
        • 3 Years Ago
        Audi runs FWD when AWD is not allowed, not familiar with all the ins and outs of the series rules this car would run in. The obvious exception to this rule is their LMP cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Everyone knows..." more like "Everyone pretends to know..."
      • 3 Years Ago
      FWD WTF?!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not too sure about paying that much money for a "Cow GTI in racing overalls."
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know when people will start listening to reason and not take everything Top Gear says seriously. Clarkson (and the other 2 for that matter) says a lot of things during the show just for entertainment / the current argument between hosts. By your logic, the GTR is just a simple Datson.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Agreed it has very sticky tires and a very sophisticated traction management system so awd will just slow it down.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fail wheel drive for $180,000, why? Do I get a gift card for $150,000 towards a new Audi with it's purchase?
        • 3 Years Ago
        have you ever looked what factory build race ready customer cars cost? Porsche GT3 RSR 345,000Euro Audi R8 LMS 354,620Euro Aston Martin Vantage GT3 340,000Euro Mercedes SLS GT3 397,600Euro etc etc. all prices are without tax... 180,000Euro is bargain if you think about it that way that this cheap TT-RS is able under the right conditions to beat all the expansive big boys of the GT3 class in endurance races...
      • 3 Years Ago
      For people saying 380 HP is too much for the front wheels remember it is on extremely sticky race/track only rubber that is usually putting 500plus HP to the pavement so wheelspin/torquesteer should be non existant
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's FWD because it is homologated from the FWD TT. If 4WD were allowed, or did not have a weight penalty in its class, then it would be homologated from the 4WD car. Just like in touring car racing, where most cars are FWD, except the BMW's, which are RWD (DTM not included).
      • 3 Years Ago
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