Audi R8: Perfect Driving Experience

Design and Form of Audi R8

In 2006, Audi AG, the German car maker introduced the Audi R8 (Typ 42) in the market. It is a mid-engine, two-seater sports car with Audi’s trademark Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

The concept, design, development and manufacturing were handled by Quattro GmbH, Audi AG’s high performing subsidiary company. It is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. The construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame. Based on the space frame principles, it uses an aluminium monocoque. Audi R8 is churned out of the newly renovated factory at Audi’s ‘aluminium site’ at Neckarsulm, Germany, by Quattro GmbH.

R8 Development Process

The Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car was designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig. The Audi R9 new road car which was launched in 2007 was based on this concept. This announcement was made by Audi in 2005 when it said that the name of its successful Audi R8 race car would be used for the road car in 2007, Audi R8. This new car appeared in the International Geneva Motor Show and also in Frankfurt International Motor Show in 2003.

The R8 development program took off in 2004. Lamberty’s design got approved for production. In January 2006, the production body prototypes began field testing. On 30 September 2006, at the Paris Auto Show the Audi R8 car was officially launched. There was an initial confusion with the name. It shares its name with the R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). 6 times time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Jacky Ickx says that the R8 "the best handling road car today".

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Technical Characteristics of Audi R8

Technical Characteristics of 2011 Audi R8 GT Spyder produced by Audi (DE).

Body Type Drop-head coupe (cabriolet; convertible) 2 doors
Weight 1715 Kg
Length 4434 mm
Height 1234 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Front Track 1644 mm
Rear Track 1605 mm
Ground Clearance n/a
Fuel Capacity 80 liters
Engine location n/a
Engine alignment longitudinal
Drive Wheels All wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion PAS
Fuel Supply System direct petrol injection
Max Power 560HP (412 kW) @ 8000 rpm
Max Torque 540Nm @ 6500 rpm
CO2 Emissions 332 g/Km
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 5204 cc
Bore 85 mm
Stroke 93 mm
Cam Design DOHC - Double Overhead Camshaft (per bank)
Cylinders n/a
Valves per cylinder 4
Total Valves 40
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes VeDi
Rear Brakes VeDi-S-ABS
Standard Wheels 8?J x 19 / 11J x 19
Standard Tyres 235/35 ZR 19 / 295/30 ZR 19
Suspension Front n/a
Suspension Rear n/a
Transmission 6 speed manual
Number of gears 6
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h 3.8 seconds
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 21.5 l/100km
Road 10.1 l/100km
Mixt 14.2 l/100km