Audi’s motorsport division first announced plans in August last year to launch a 500hp-plus (373kW) version of the V10-powered R8 for use in the 2009 GT3 racing series. The first of these high-performance race cars has now finally been released, with Audi Sport Italia taking delivery on Tuesday of the car with chassis number 101.
Twelve examples will be delivered during the forthcoming weeks to six customer teams, with the first races scheduled to start next month. The six customer teams plan to race in five European GT3 championships as well as in the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring for which Audi Sport has developed an endurance version of the car.
The new car has been designed for private customer teams and fully conforms to the production-based GT3 regulations, which means they will be allowable in numerous national and international competitions. Prices start at roughly €250,000 but opt for an Audi-backed support team and prices increase to the €500,000 mark.
Because the GT3 regulations prohibit the use of AWD, the Audi R8 GT3 comes with a modified RWD powertrain and a newly developed six-speed sequential sports gearbox. The suspension is almost completely stock, with most of the modifications focusing on weight reduction and improving the car’s aerodynamics package. The kerb weight is an estimated 1,300kg – 300kg less than the production model – and a modified front end and a large rear-wing have been added to generate the required downforce for the race track.
The assembly of the race cars including the body shells is made by quattro GmbH in Heilbronn-Biberach, Germany, in a factory hall specifically for the customer sport program. The Audi factory in Györ, Hungary, delivers the V10 engines.
Audi is adding to its already phenomenal R8 line-up. If there is anyone who doesn’t know of the R8, we only have one question for you: Where have you been?! Below are some pics of the new addition to the Audi family as well as some information on the already existing models. The first of the new models will be a V-8 version of the R8 Spyder which is currently available in a V-10 option only. Not that we need another reason to LOVE the R8 – but look for this new version early 2011!
Audi currently sells three different versions of its R8 supercar, the original 4.2-liter V-8 model and the newer 5.2-liter V-10 model, which is available in either hard-top coupe or Spyder convertible bodystyles.
However, the R8 model family is set to expand with several new additions, the first of which is set to be unveiled towards the end of the year. This first model will be a V-8 version of the R8 Spyder, which currently is only available with a V-10 engine. It will be priced around the $135,000 mark and should hit showrooms in early 2011.
Also in the works is a sportier model–like the R8 wasn’t sporty enough–that will draw influences from the R8 LMS race car. Speaking at a press event late last year, Audi quattro development chief Stefan Reil hinted that lightweight versions of the R8 and TT were being considered. This wouldn’t be the first time Audi developed such a car–back in 2005 the automaker released a limited edition TT quattro Sport to mark the end of production of the previous generation TT. The car had a slight increase in power over the standard model as well as firmer suspension, a stripped our interior and Recaro bucket seats.
Soon after Reil’s comments a mysterious R8 prototype had been spotted in Germany wearing an oversized fixed rear wing, small canards attached to the front bumper, and bigger brakes. According to Car and Driver, Lamborghini’s new Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera and its 570 horsepower V-10 gives a glimpse of what to expect.
Whether this model will wear an RS badge or simply be called a R8 Sport remains to be seen.
Finally, the finicky six-speed sequential R tronic gearbox offered in the current R8 lineup is expected to be eventually replaced with Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Thankfully, the open-gate six-speed manual will remain as standard.
What company do you know that can take the most advanced drive-train on earth and make it better? Audi has done it. Audi developed Quattro (all wheel drive) and has proved its strength with countless wins in motor sport. Now, with the newest generation of Quattro just around the corner, I am excited to see what they have in store for us. Audi’s Quattro is defined as: “Quattro four-wheel drive enjoys a lengthy tradition. The principle involves distributing the engine’s power permanently and optimally between all four wheels.”
It looks as though Audi has made the cut for the second serving of Iron Man. The trailer for Iron Man 2 has been released and the Audi R8 Spyder makes a cameo appearance!
In the first installment of Iron Man, the Audi R8 Coupe made its debut and I am sure I speak for most when I say how excited we all are to see not only what the movie has to offer, but what the R8 Spyder has to in store for us!
Check out the trailer below as well as some additional information on the new movie.
The new Iron Man 2 trailer – yes, that movie with lots of super-duper fast cars in it – has been released and as expected, Tony Stark has absolutely no shortage of exotic vehicular toys at his disposal. And we’re not even counting that whole Iron Man robotic suit – he now has four! – he keeps with him all the time.
Let’s see: there’s a scene at the Circuit de Monaco, a slightly different Formula-something race with Tony Stark behind the wheel of one of the race cars, and a clear-as-day shot of the new Audi R8 Spyder. And oh, there’s lots and lots of Scarlett Johansson, too.
That movie is shaping up to be a must-watch for every man on this Earth and as car enthusiasts who also happen to like hot chicks in tight Spandex will be there falling in line for the first screening.
If you haven’t seen the new trailer, here it is. Guaranteed; you’re going to love it.
Audi Wilsonville is now well under way after the ground breaking at their new site earlier in the month. The City of Wilsonville has some of the specs and contact information now posted on their website and later this year the new Audi dealership will be up and running. Check it out.
After making its A1 debut at the Geneva Auto show early last week, Audi seems to be continuing to stack its compact line-up. Now the company has released specs of its possible A2 compact, again fueling rumors of their desire to break into the electric-car market. Audi has previously relied on their “Clean Diesel” as their green leader, but it seems they are ready to compete in this rapidly changing and extremely popular market, and with Audi , it is sure to be done right.
Check out some pics of the previously released A2 (1999) that never came to market. I am certain the new electric version will offer sleek lines and of course, the major difference, an all electric motor.
Here is an article highlighting some of the A2 features as well:
Audi is pushing hard in the small-car and green segments, with the 2011 A1 just revealed officially at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show along with new plans for the electric-drive e-tron brand. Today, rumors are circulating the Web that Audi is working on a revival of its A2 badge to help fill out its compact lineup.
The report comes out of statements by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler made during the Geneva show. He said there’s room between the A1 and A3 for another compact car. Audi board member for technology Michael Dick also said that the e-tron range’s electric plans might include the A2, reports Automotive News. These statements line up perfectly with our report on behind-the-scenes work on the A2 from last May.
So what would a reborn Audi A2 look like? A lot like the A1 and A3, we’d expect. A hatchback bodystyle is almost a given, and size will be carefully calculated to slot between the A1 and A3. Pricing might get a bit more tricky, particularly here in the U.S., where lower prices overall tend to compress the lower end of the luxury segment. We don’t expect the A2 to look like its funky-bubble, Europe-only predecessor (also pictured above).
As for powertrain, we’d expect something like what was shown in the Audi A1 e-tron concept, though possibly with more power, as the 61-horsepower continuous output would likely prove too little for a slightly larger car. Range for the A1 e-tron concept will also likely have to be improved to meet the needs of a just-above-minicar A2. Driving 31 miles on electricity and another 124 miles with the range-extending Wankel in action is fine for a city car, but for a car that might see more extended use, most of the country will want to see closer to 300 miles of total range.
It’s not yet clear exactly when the A2 will be coming, or if it will make it to the U.S. at all, but Europeans are expected to get the car sometime around 2014.
The 2011 Audi A1 (non e-tron) is still uncertain for U.S. sale, though we’ve seen indications that it will, that it won’t, and hints that it might. We’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest as it breaks.
Just want to say a special thanks to Mike Juergens, who has been among my most loyal followers. He put this great shirt together for I Am Audi using our logo, we look forward to seeing them worn proudly in Portland, and everywhere else for that matter! Thanks Mike, your enthusiasm reminds me why I started this project in the first place!
Is Ron Tonkin taking over the world? Well maybe just another portion of the Oregon automotive industry. Here are some specs and and an overview of what the new Tonkin Audi Wilsonville will look like when it arrives mid-2010. Ground has already been broken at the new Audi Wilsonville site and by late Fall the project should be complete.
A ton of amazing adds have been released from the automotive industry in the last year but I think Audi Has had the best of the best. Quattro World recently posted this (their source was Audizine ) and it put a huge smile on my face, the add is perfect simple, clean and very effective. Let me know what you think some of the best and worst automotive adds of recent have been and how you think this add would do in the United States.
In light of our post the other day regarding Audi Wilsonville – I thought it was only timely to post the unfortunate Tonkin event that occurred the other day… Alcohol may not have been a factor, but road-rage? Either way, it looks like Ron Tonkin has some additional renovations to do, in addition to his new Wilsonville Audi dealership. Check out the full News Clip from KATU here: KATU News
Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though the Audi A1 will be making an appearance in the US after all. But in Geneva, Audi has unveiled another version of its newest hatch back concept in electric form. The Audi A1 e-tron has made its debut with a proposed mileage projection of over 31 miles of battery time, with an additional 124 miles of fuel mileage. While this is good news to Europeans everywhere, with the possibility of production in 2012, it is just one more car the US will never see!
Check out the article below highlighting a few more details:
Opinions differ on whether Audi’s A1 at the Geneva Motor Show is just a cynically manipulated VW Polo designed to pander to base badge snobbery or whether it is a genuine attempt to seriously compete with BMW’s MINI.
Either way, this A1-based electric-drive concept aimed at urban travel is undeniably clever.
Its tiny Wankel engine under the boot floor is used as a range extender running at a constant speed, which solves the inherent problems with a rotary engine of tip sealing, excessive thirst and emissions.
In battery electric driving, the front-drive A1 e-tron has a range of 31 miles. The petrol engine extends that by another 124 miles.
Ron Tonkin breaks ground in Wilsonville where the future home of Audi Wilsonville will be. By mid Fall 2010 Audi Wilsonville will be open for business, right next door to Wilsonville Nissan another Tonkin Franchise. It is not uncommon for 2 dealers in the same area to be owned by one person however I am surprised that they are putting Audi Wilsonville next to Tonkin Nissan. The picture below is of the initial ground breaking, it’s not much to look at now but I will keep you updated as time goes on.
Audi has never really accepted the Hybrid as one of its main focuses, preferring diesel as its green go-to. However, these pictures and article say it may be positioning itself to dabble in the product line-up; of course, while waiting for full-blown electric vehicles to pave the way for the future. Check out the article below and some pictures of what could be Audi’s version of competition amid hybrid hysteria!
Though Audi still believes hybrid vehicles are merely a stopover on the way to full-electrification, the company is somewhat reluctantly building several hybrid models that it hopes will lead the way to full-electric vehicles in the future. One of the first results of this plan is the upcoming Audi A8 Hybrid.
Based on the 2011 Audi A8 (pictured), which itself just broke cover a few months ago, the A8 Hybrid is expected to be a full two-mode hybrid capable of moving itself under engine power, electrical power or a combination of both. While Audi plans to bypass “mild” hybrids that can’t move under electrical power, the A8 Hybrid is not expected to be a range-extened electric vehicle, one that uses its gasoline engine only as a generator. The A8 Hybrid’s engine will most likely still be connected to the wheels.
Which engine Audi will use to power the hybrid is as of yet unknown. In Europe, the car carries both V-6 and V-8 diesel engines and both V-6 and V-8 gasoline engines. To date, nearly all hybrids have used gasoline engines, but Audi could decide to break that trend. Given that the U.S.-market A8 comes with a gasoline V-8 only, it’s the most likely choice of engine for this application.
Little else is known about the A8 Hybrid, but we expect it will be offered both in Europe and the U.S. and possibly other markets. It’s also expected to carry a premium price over a base A8, itself an expensive model as the brand’s flagship, which could limit appeal.
Well, thanks to the internet and the world of lightening fast communication – pictures from the Geneva Auto Show have already surfaced featuring the much anticipated Audi RS5, even before the show opens to the public. Feast your eyes on this beauty of an Audi , waiting for the masses while the show was setting up in Geneva.
I just found this article from one of my favorite websites: Fourtitude I can’t tell you enough how much I want this car – and would settle at this point for my chance at a test drive! According to some publications, it will be available in a hybrid at some point, but I would take the Audi Diesel for sure…
• Direct-ratio, electrohydraulic power steering
• ESP stabilization system with electronic axle differential lock
• Winkelhock: “Benchmark in the small compact class!”
With its agile handling and direct steering, the new Audi A1 is just a lot of fun. Dr. Horst Glaser, Head of Chassis Development at AUDI AG, tested the A1 together with DTM pilot Markus Winkelhock. The verdict was as follows:
The new Audi A1 offers a very sophisticated chassis, balanced weight distribution and a low center of gravity. “That is a guarantee for maximum driving enjoyment,” says Horst Glaser, Head of Chassis Development at AUDI AG. Because it connects the driver to the road, the steering is one of the most important components of a sporty car. The A1 therefore comes standard with electrohydraulic power steering that has a very direct 14.8:1 steering ratio and is also more efficient than a purely hydraulic system.
Another factor for the agile and safe handling of the A1 is the perfect tuning of the front axle bearings, the stabilizer bars, the springs and the dampers. The rear axle features a torsion-beam suspension with the springs and dampers separated. “The car is very well sprung. It swallows up bumps of almost any size without any amplification of the motions,” says DTM pilot Markus Winkelhock when describing his impressions.
One new Audi technology is on board every version of the A1 – the ESP stabilization system with an innovative electronic axle differential lock. The brakes are applied slightly to the inside wheel in a curve, allowing more torque to be transferred to the wheel on the outside of the curve. The vehicle is very agile and the handling remains neutral even longer.
Source: Audi AG
we have all been waiting for the Audi A1 it leaves nothing to be desired compact, quattro, and sexy…. O.K. it might lack storage space. Here it is in Barcelona during a shoot getting ready for the unveiling at the Geneva Auto-show, I can’t wait!
The Audi RS5 Brochure available before the car has even been released, I am more impressed then I could have imagined. Take a look at these images and let me know what you think.
The Spell – Audi
We’ve been taught to desire certain things, whether an Italian sports car or even a boring SUV. With Audi’s market share growing faster than its competitors, the Audi S4, Q5, A5 Cabriolet and R8 V10 break the trance and make consumers take notice.
Friendly Competition – Audi
Even in the friendliest competitions there is a winner and a loser. One of Audi’s biggest competitors is forced to face this truth, following the results of three straight Car and Driver comparison tests.
The Hahnenkammrennen are the annual races, held since 1931 and a fixture of the men’s World Cup since its inception in the 1967 season. The races were originally held in March, and sometimes in early February (1949 & 1951). Beginning in 1953, the races at Kitzbühel have been held in mid to late January, often the week following the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland, another classic downhill.
This is a picture from one of the books that Audi has at training; I love these older vintage pictures of racing. Audi was extremely active in racing throughout the 80’s and has continued to build its motor-sport legacy into 2010. I am sure in 25 years I will look back at the pictures of races in 2010 and smile knowing we thought thatwas actully as fast as we could go.
With all the new cars that Audi is introducing some great videos have been introduced with the designers doing walk around presentation of the products. We see the Audi product when it arrives and we forget how much time went into every single design detail to make the car look the way it does. This will be one of the next car Audi will offer, the A7 and after you watch this video you will appreciate every single body line.
Another great opportunity for Audi clients to experience the true performance of their race prepped cars. Because this program has not yet been fully developed here in the United States I know very little about it but am excited that it exists. If you have more info on the program please feel free to fill me in.
Audi has never let me down when it comes to the commercials they make, unless you take into account that they never air. It might just be that they are meant for the showrooms or that they air in Europe but regardless they always do an amazing job. This week I am going to focus on the Audi T.V. channel and their most recent contributions.
Make sure to vote for the Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials of 2010. Some great commercials this year but the best is yet to come “The Audi Green Police” commercial is catchy and the Diesel A3 is amazing. Go now and place your Vote and thank you Green Police for helping take care of the enviroment.
STaSIS released a video today of their new exhaust systems for the B8 Audi Audit S4 and the system is available now. if you have ever had the opportunity to drive the B7 S4 with the 4.2L V8 you might miss the throaty growl of the larger engine when driving the new S4. Now with this exhaust system you can have that performance sound back without any sacrifice.
This year when the Super Bowl is underway – look for these great Audi commercials highlighting the easy ways we can all pitch in to “go green!!!” This is just one of a few Audi is launching during Super Bowl – but the real contender is the new TDI A3, Audi’s “green” addition to their already amazing line-up. Check it out!
Social media Audi is ready to embrace you but are you ready for what Audi has to bring? Audi is a company that has historically tried to change things in an effort to advance the industry and their product what can Audi bring to social media? Excited for the Audi brand and the future of the Automotive industry I wanted to show why social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are going to vital for growth. If you are even half as excited about this video as I was when i first saw it you are going to like it, oh and don’t forget it is almost a year old… so much has changed.
Light designer André Georgi describes what went into the development and design of the new Audi A1 headlights. Amazing something seemingly as simple as a headlights has so much life in it, the headlight can really tell the story of the car.
Motor Authority had this video and I thought it was very fitting for the image that the Audi Brand is trying to portray. Justin Timberlake will be the new face for the Audi A1 and I think this is a great move on Audi’s part because from what I hear he loves Audi. The hip wine bar and urban setting is the perfect setting and sets the mood for the perfect premium small car from Audi .
The Audi TTS could give just about any car a run for its money when it comes to performance; No other car on the market truly competes with the TTS. Great fuel economy, exceptional performance and styling that can’t be compared to anything, the TTS is perfect unless you have passengers.
Johan de Nysschen, President of Audi America, comments from NAIAS 2010 on the future of electric cars both from Audi as well as in America. During this talk Johan mentions that Audi is only down 5% compared to the rest of the luxury market that is down an average of 20%, amazingly Audi picked up 1% market share in 2009 in the luxury market. 2010 will be an amazing year for the Audi Brand!
The 31st running of the Dakar Rally is being held in South America for the second year, instead of the traditional African route, due to ongoing security concerns. This year’s race began and will end in Buenos Aires , covering a looping 9,000 kilometers between Argentina and Chile over 14 stages. 362 Teams began the race with 176 motorcycles and quad bikes, 134 cars, and 52 trucks. The race is just over halfway completed now, the winners expected to cross the finish line on January 16th. Collected here are several photographs from the first 8 stages of this year’s rally.
Porsche AG , revealed today the brand new 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Racing Car Show Autosport International in Birmingham (Great Britain), a new model designed to replace the 911 GT3 Cup S in Porsche Motorsports’ model range.
The new vehicle carries the four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine
delivering 480 hp (353 kW) and matted to a six-speed sequential gearbox which transmits the power to the rear axle.
Based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup presented in September 2009, the 1,200 kg lightweight 911 GT3 R received a 0.2-liter increase in engine capacity, and delivers 30 hp more than its Cup pendant. Also, the car comes with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), traction control and an e-gas with “throttle-blip” function. “Since we first announced our intention to launch the 911 GT3 R, demand has been huge.
The number of GT3 R vehicles we had planned for 2010 is almost sold out.” says Uwe Brettel, Head of Motorsport Sales. From spring 2010, customer teams around the world will receive their new vehicles. The basic price is 279,000 Euro plus national VAT.
Source: www.4wheelsnews.com ,
Brett Morgen , Writer, Director, and Producer of Truth In Motion: U.S. Ski Teams Road to Vancouver is pictured here at work. My wife and I lived in Vancouver B.C for a long time and miss it, the food, the people and the city are amazing.
Audi and Google combined in the next generation Audi MMI (Multi Media Interface). With Google map capabilities and the ability to check your stocks from the comfort of your Audi, this is the future. Audi has paved the way with many innovations the new MMI Plus is just another milestone.
The Audi 100 Coupe S was Audi’s first jump into the coupe market in the United states and they have not looked back since. Audi 100 Coupe S has all the classic characteristics of what makes a coupe and you can see them today in the new A5 and S5. One thing that I will commend Audi for is sticking to its roots and at the same time paving the road of innovation, an amazing balance that they have pulled off so well.