Audi has released design sketches of the upcoming R8 GT Spyder, based on the track-oriented GT version of the R8.
Editor’s note: Due to our blog’s closure, we were unable to post our coverage of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in a timely manner. We wouldn’t want to put Christoph’s efforts to waste though, so here’s his report.
Better late then never, here are my impressions from this years 24 Hours race at the Nürburgring.
The World Car of the Year jury has announced their top 10 finalists for 2010. The top 3 will be announced in Geneva, while the actual awards will be given out at the New York International Auto Show.
Reports are saying that Audi may be working on a new range-topping supercar, something even faster than the R8 V10.
The car would use the same platform as the upcoming replacement to the Lamborghini Murcielago, known as the Jota. Unlike the Jota though, which will be using a V12, the Audi will use a V10 developing around 600hp.
This platform is expected to be based on the platform of the R8, but heavily modified. The car will have plenty of carbon fibre bits to keep the weight down, and a dual-clutch transmission for very quick shifting.
The name used may be the R10. This would be fitting, as the R8 used the name of the old R8 race car, and with the R10 TDI now out of racing, or at least out of Audi’s team, this would follow that same naming pattern.
This R10 will be longer and wider than the R8. Since the underpinnings will be from the Murcielago replacement, expect something about as big as the Murcielago. The car will come with Audi’s quattro AWD system as standard.
It is said that prototypes are already going around the Nurburgring disguised as Lamborghinis, but the car won’t be released until at least 2012.