The Audi Gentleman's Racer is a design from Mikael
Lugnegård, a Swedish freelance designer who
honed his skills studying Industrial Design at UID in
Power comes from a V10 engine borrowed
from the R8 V10
The Gents Racer concept was obviously inspired by classic
old school American hot rods, cars which were honest and
simple handbuilt pieces of machinery. However for this
concept Lugnegard has tried to incorporate the sort of
clinical and neat lines common to all contemporary Audi's.
And he's been quite successful!
The massive single frame grille dominates the car's front
end. The grille's shape is actually an elongated version
of Audi's current design - in use on most of their roadcars.
If you look carefully at the smooth, sculpted shape of
the bodywork you can also pick up on the more contemporary
lines which set it apart from traditional hot rods.
The Audi Gentleman's Racer concept was conceived with
racing in mind. The chassis consists of a lightweight
aluminium spaceframe with a high-performance Ohlins racing
suspension system and powerful Brembo brakes. The bodywork
is formed from carbon fiber.
To power the concept, Lugnegard envisages using the same
5.2 litre V10 found in the Audi
R8 V10. If it was kept in the same state of tune then
it'd be pumping out 525 horsepower - and sending it straight
to the rear wheels. There's no quattro AWD system for
On the inside the Audi Gentleman's Racer would be trimmed
in a very Spartan manner. By mixing carbon fiber, aluminium
and alcantara leather the interior would have a high class
finish, but also give off a distinctly race car-like,
The Audi Gentleman's Racer would be targeted at a very
exclusive market. According to Lugnegard: "The
intended market is basically a pro racer who wants something
classy for his personal trackday, as well as for driving
to the new, exclusive restaurant down town with his lady.
I could really imagine seeing someone like Samuel Hubinette
in this car ;)"