Audi R8 LMS’s win at 2015 Nurburgring is marked with R8 selection 24h special edition

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 20, 2016

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.

Press Release

Special edition of the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus: “selection 24h”

One year ago the Audi R8 LMS won the 24 Hours Nürburgring on its debut. The GT3 car’s victory marked the start of a successful year of motor racing for Audi Sport. The brand now celebrates the R8 LMS with the “selection 24h” special edition, a homage to its tally of 323 wins in national and international race assignments since 2009.
The “selection 24h”, being built in a limited production run of 24, is based on the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus*. Its 5.2-liter V10 mid-engine develops 449 kW (610 hp) and accelerates the top model of the Audi R8 car line from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in a mere 3.2 seconds, before advancing to a top speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph). That makes the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus both the fastest and most powerful production Audi of all time. A newly developed quattro drive distributes its power fully variably between both sets of wheels. The suspension, the aerodynamics configured to handle high downforces and the operating concept featuring the Audi virtual cockpit are all motorsport-inspired. That is because Audi developed the second generation of the R8 in parallel with the GT3 racing model R8 LMS. Close cooperation between race car engineers, motorsport specialists and developers has brought both models a significant boost in performance.

The dry weight of the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus is 1,454 kilograms (3,205.5 lb); its body built using the multimaterial construction principle weighs a mere 200 kilograms (440.9 lb). The combination of aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP) in the Audi Space Frame opens up entirely new dimensions with regard to weight, rigidity and crash behavior.

The technical package in the “selection 24h” special edition comprises dynamic steering, the adaptive damper control system Audi magnetic ride and Audi laser lighting. The tricolor paint finish consisting of Suzuka gray as the basic color, with mythos black and Misano red highlights, evokes the successful Audi R8 LMS.

The front spoiler, the exterior mirror housings, the engine compartment cover, the rear wing and the diffuser are made from gloss-finish carbon fiber. The same applies to the sideblades with matt-finish “R8 24h” logo. The tailpipes of the sport exhaust system feature black trims and the 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in 10-spoke Y design are painted gloss anthracite black. Inside, the limited-edition model offers full-leather upholstery and trim in the color rotor gray, with Alcantara headlining. The air vents and the extended inlays for the surround of the Audi virtual cockpit are made of gloss-finish CFRP. The latter also bear the matt-finish “R8 24h” logo. The illuminated door sill trims are also made of gloss-finish carbon. They display the serial numbers 1 to 24 for each of the limited-edition cars. As an exclusive feature of the limited edition, the entry lights on the doors project the Audi R8 logo onto the road surface. In future, every R8 customer will be able to personalize their car with a near-unlimited range
of lettering and logos from the Audi exclusive offering.

The “selection 24h” special edition of the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus is a homage to Audi’s remarkable achievements in endurance racing. In the Le Mans 24 Hours alone, the brand with the four rings has celebrated 13 overall wins in the past 15 years. The first five of these were clinched by the R8 sports prototype, which gave its name to the production sports model. The GT3 racing car Audi R8 LMS made its competition debut in 2009. It has since collected over 300 wins worldwide, including overall wins in
24-hour races on the Nürburgring, at Spa-Francorchamps and Zolder, and in Dubai. It also has a class victory in Daytona to its name. Last year, the new generation of the Audi R8 LMS made a dream debut and won its first 24-hour race on the Nürburgring at the very first attempt.

The Audi R8 “selection 24h” will be on view to the public for the first time at the AUDI AG presentation area in the paddock at the 24 Hours Nürburgring. Orders for the special model can be placed from May 10, 2016. It costs EUR 229,000 in Germany.

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