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Audi R8 GT3

Audi R8 GT3

Audi R8 GT3

Audi R8 GT3

Year (of specifications) 2009
Engine 4.2 litre V8
Transmission 6 spd manual / sequential RWD
Max speed -
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 500 + hp
weight -

The Audi R8 GT3 is the first racing sports car

Due to racing regulations the R8 GT3 features a RWD layout
specifically developed for customer use. The R8 GT3, which bears the project name "R16", was developed under the direction of Audi Sport. Audi Sport created the R8 GT3 to fully comply with GT3 racing regulations. Therefore the trademark quattro all-wheel-drive system has been replaced with a RWD layout which complies with racing rules. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a newly developed six-speed sequential sports gearbox.

"The R8 is the first production Audi bearing the name and genes of a successful racing sportscar and is therefore an excellent base from which to build up our first big customer sport programme," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. "Ever since the R8 was unveiled we've been inundated with enquiries about a race version. With the Audi R8 we will offer customers a racing sportscar equipped with high-calibre technology and the typical Audi qualities, but which is nevertheless easy to handle."

The suspension of the Audi R8 GT3 uses almost exclusively components from the road going R8 model. A comprehensive list of safety equipment guarantees the highest-level of passive safety. A modified front end and a large rear-wing generate the required downforce for the race track.

The Audi R8 GT3 will take part in its first test races at various European racing series in the 2009 season.

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