Audi is celebrating the emphatic win of the Audi R8 LMS in the 2015 edition of the 24 Hours Nurburgring by introducing a special edition car – the Audi R8 "selection 24h." This special edition – which also pays tribute to 323 convincing wins of the Audi R8 LMS in national and international races since 2009 – will be unveiled at the Audi AG exhibit at the 24 Hours Nurburgring. Only 24 examples will be produced.
Moreover, the Audi R8 "selection 24h" special edition pays homage to the brand’s achievements in endurance racing, like its 13 overall wins in the 15 years it has participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Notably, Audi’s first five wins in Le Mans were courtesy of the R8 sports prototype, which eventually lent its name to the production sports model. Audi finally fielded its GT3 racing car Audi R8 LMS to races in 2009.
Since then, the Audi R8 LMS has grabbed 300 wins globally, including overall victories in 24-hour endurance competitions on the Nurburgring, at Spa-Francorchamps and Zolder in Belgium, and in Dubai. The Audi R8 LMS also grabbed a class victory in Daytona.
In 2015, the brand fielded the second generation Audi R8 LMS, which managed to secure its first 24-hour race on the Nürburgring on the first try. The Audi R8 "selection 24h" is derived from the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus, which is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 mid-engine that provides up to 449 kW (610 hp) of output, allowing the special edition to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph).
With these numbers, the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus is effectively the fastest and most powerful production Audi so far. Power is distributed variably between its wheels by a newly developed quattro drive while high downforces are controlled by racing-inspired suspension and aerodynamics. Likewise, the operating concept of the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus -- featuring the Audi virtual cockpit – is also motorsport-inspired.
This is not surprising since the second generation R8 was developed in parallel with the Audi R8 LMS, thereby ensuring close cooperation between race car engineers, motorsport specialists and developers. On the other hand, the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus employs the brand’s Audi Space Frame, which is made from aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP). With a weight of just around 200 kilograms (440.9 lbs), Audi Space Frame brings lots of advantages in terms of weight, rigidity and crash behavior.
Using Audi Space Frame, the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus has a dry weight of just 1,454 kilograms (3,205.5 lbs). The new Audi R8 “selection 24h” also comes with dynamic steering, Audi laser lighting and the Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper control system.
A number of components and parts of the Audi R8 “selection 24h” are made from gloss-finish carbon fiber. These include the front spoiler, the engine compartment cover and the exterior mirror housings, as well as the rear wing, the diffuser are and side blades with matt-finish "R8 24h" logo.
Its sport exhaust system features tailpipes with black trims while its 20-inch forged aluminum wheels -- in 10-spoke Y design -- are finished in gloss anthracite black. The exterior of the Audi R8 “selection 24h” is wrapped in a tricolor paint finish -- Suzuka gray as basic color and mythos black and Misano red as highlights – similar to the exterior theme of the Audi R8 LMS. Meanwhile, the interior of the Audi R8 “selection 24h” features full-leather upholstery and trim in rotor gray color, with Alcantara headlining.
Its cabin has air vents and extended inlays for the surround of the Audi virtual cockpit made from gloss-finish CFRP, with the latter featuring the matt-finish "R8 24h" logo. Meanwhile, the illuminated door sill trims – made from gloss-finish carbon – indicate the serial number (1 to 24) of the car. One interesting feature of the Audi R8 “selection 24h” is the set of entry lights on the doors that project the Audi R8 logo onto the road surface.
Audi intends to allow R8 customers to personalize their car with letterings and logos in the future. Interested clients could order the Audi R8 "selection 24h" starting May 10, 2016. It has a price tag of EUR229,000 in Germany.