According to PistonHeads, Audi Sport is contemplating a more ‘extreme’ version of the Audi R8.
Last weekend was the 24 Hours Nürburgring and driver Dries Vanthoor took the checkered flag for the #4 Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS. Since 2009, they are an Audi Sport factory-supported team. Phoenix Racing, which is based at the ‘Ring, has now won the gruelling event 5 times.
It was at that race that British website PistonHeads sat down with Managing Director of Audi Sport, Oliver Hoffmann about the more hardcore R8.
Hoffmann said that “pedestrian safety regulations” are the engineers biggest challenges right now and it’s pretty much what’s holding back the project.
The boss of Audi Sport added: “We have some good ideas for a more extreme R8 as we know the powerful exterior design of our racing car is amazing – people want to drive this on the street.
“The racing car engine is almost identical to the road car’s, so that’s already proven, but we have the GT3 drivers doing chassis testing for us. For example, Frank Stippler, he’s driving our GT3 car and is also our development guy doing the Nürburgring testing for road cars,” he continued.
Stippler, who was also part of the winning #4 team, does “a lot of work with [Audi] road cars regarding suspension and brakes” as stated by Oliver Hoffmann.
As reported by PistonHeads, this new, more ‘extreme’ R8 could have a GT3-derived chassis. Right now, the speculations are that the GT3-inspired supercar would be RWD and powered by the naturally-aspirated V10.
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