One year ago the Audi R8 LMS
won the 24 Hours Nürburgring on its debut. The GT3 car’s victory marked the
start of a successful year of motor racing for Audi Sport. The brand now
celebrates the R8 LMS with the “selection 24h” special edition, a homage to its
tally of 323 wins in national and international race assignments since 2009.
The “selection 24h”, being
built in a limited production run of 24, is based on the Audi R8 Coupé V10
plus. Its 5.2-litre V10 mid-engine develops 610 hp and accelerates the top
model of the Audi R8 car line from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in a mere 3.2
seconds, before advancing to a top speed of 330 km/h. That makes the Audi R8
Coupé V10 plus both the fastest and most powerful production Audi of all time.
A newly developed quattro drive distributes its power fully variably between
both sets of wheels. The suspension, the aerodynamics configured to handle high
down forces and the operating concept featuring the Audi virtual cockpit are
all motorsport-inspired. That is because Audi developed the second generation
of the R8 in parallel with the GT3 racing model R8 LMS. Close cooperation
between race car engineers, motorsport specialists and developers has brought
both models a significant boost in performance.
The dry weight of the Audi R8
Coupé V10 plus is 1,454 kilograms; its body built using the multi-material
construction principle weighs a mere 200 kilograms. The combination of aluminium
and carbon fibre-reinforced polymers (CFRP) in the Audi Space Frame opens up
entirely new dimensions with regard to weight, rigidity and crash behaviour.
The technical package in the
“selection 24h” special edition comprises dynamic steering, the adaptive damper
control system Audi magnetic ride and Audi laser lighting. The tricolor paint
finish consisting of Suzuka gray as the basic colour, with mythos black and
Misano red highlights, evokes the successful Audi R8 LMS.
The front spoiler, the
exterior mirror housings, the engine compartment cover, the rear wing and the
diffuser are made from gloss-finish carbon fibre. The same applies to the side blades
with matt-finish “R8 24h” logo. The tailpipes of the sport exhaust system
feature black trims and the 20-inch forged aluminium wheels in 10-spoke Y
design are painted gloss anthracite black. Inside, the limited-edition model
offers full-leather upholstery and trim in the colour rotor gray, with
Alcantara headlining. The air vents and the extended inlays for the surround of
the Audi virtual cockpit are made of gloss-finish CFRP. The latter also bear
the matt-finish “R8 24h” logo. The illuminated door sill trims are also made of
gloss-finish carbon. They display the serial numbers 1 to 24 for each of the
limited-edition cars. As an exclusive feature of the limited edition, the entry
lights on the doors project the Audi R8 logo onto the road surface. In future,
every R8 customer will be able to personalize their car with a near-unlimited
range of lettering and logos from the Audi exclusive offering.
The “selection 24h” special
edition of the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus is a homage to Audi’s remarkable
achievements in endurance racing. In the Le Mans 24 Hours alone, the brand with
the four rings has celebrated 13 overall wins in the past 15 years. The first
five of these were clinched by the R8 sports prototype, which gave its name to
the production sports model. The GT3 racing car Audi R8 LMS made its
competition debut in 2009. It has since collected over 300 wins worldwide,
including overall wins in 24-hour races on the Nürburgring, at
Spa-Francorchamps and Zolder, and in Dubai. It also has a class victory in
Daytona to its name. Last year, the new generation of the Audi R8 LMS made a
dream debut and won its first 24-hour race on the Nürburgring at the very first
The Audi R8 “selection 24h”
will be on view to the public for the first time at the AUDI AG presentation
area in the paddock at the 24 Hours Nürburgring. Orders for the special model
can be placed from May 10, 2016. It costs EUR 229,000 in Germany. The Audi R8
Coupé V10 plus has a combined fuel consumption of 12.3 litres per 100 km.
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