Fuel consumption combined *: 13.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 306 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 13.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 306 g/km

GT3: THE SAME DNA IN THE RACE AND ROAD CARS

When the South African race driver, Kelvin van der Linde, drove his Audi R8 LMS across the finish line at the Nürburgring on Sunday, 28 May 2017, at 15:30, the pride and relief were tangible. A gripping endurance race ended with a dramatic conclusion in the rain. Audi Sport Team Land displayed a very strong performance during the race as a whole, and despite a setback during the penultimate hour, the team worked perfectly to the end. When local rain arrived, the team was the first to switch to rain tyres and turned their setback into victory.
Not only the personnel of Audi Sport customer racing were satisfied with the result. Amongst the contributors who laid the foundation for this success are the engineers who designed the production model on which the GT3 race car is based.

Fuel consumption combined *: 12.8 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 290 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 12.8 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 290 g/km

The most powerful and fastest Audi of all time, the current generation of the R8, forms the perfect basis for the race car. The two cars share 50 per cent of their components. The chassis is made on the same production line at the Böllinger Höfe industrial park in Heilbronn. For the assembly of individual motorsport components, the racing chassis is removed from the production line and then reintroduced again.

Fuel consumption combined *: 13.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 306 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 13.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 306 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 12.8 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 290 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 12.8 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 290 g/km

Lightweight design and stiffness are two important characteristics of the chassis. The Audi Space Frame (ASF) body features a completely new multi-material lightweight design for the first time. Components manufactured from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) were produced to form the B-pillars, the centre tunnel and the rear wall. The front end, the roof arch and the rear end are assembled as a framework of cast aluminium nodes and profiles, some of which consist of new alloys. As in any ASF, every component has been precisely designed for its place and purpose. For example, the developers have integrated a number of components in the body shell according to their respective functions. The body shell is now 15 per cent lighter than that of the predecessor. At the same time, the torsional stiffness of the production model is 40 per cent higher. Particularly in terms of stiffness, the body of the new Audi R8 sets standards. The resulting quality of the lightweight design is the benchmark among competitors. The race car is precisely based on this ASF body as well. Complemented by a steel roll cage, the new chassis in the race car is 30 kilogrammes lighter than the predecessor’s.

 

The unmistakable sound of the V10 engine, which inspired the fans in the Eifel during the 24-hour race, also brings back memories. In principle, the racing engine sounds like the normally aspirated engine that is found in the production model, with the racing version being a little louder. Both units are almost identical and assembled by hand at the engine plant in Győr, Hungary. The 5.2-litre FSI engine is equipped with the standard dry-sump lubrication, which also works perfectly in the extreme lateral forces experienced in motorsport. The robust V10 in racing has been designed for a service interval of 10,000 kilometres and 20,000 kilometres for the first rebuild, after which many teams use the engine for further intervals.

Fuel consumption combined *: 13.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 306 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 13.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 306 g/km

The victory in the 2017 Nürburgring 24 Hours was the fourth triumph for the Audi R8 LMS in the Eifel since 2012. This proves the idea that the R8 embodies: “Born on the track. Built for the road.”

THE SAME DNA

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Fuel consumption combined *: 13.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 306 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 13.4 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 306 g/km

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