Racing version of the Audi TT RS goes on sale

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 10, 2011

Audi Sport customer racing already has the successful R8 LMS but is now launching a new customer sport race vehicle, which is the racing variant of the Audi TT RS. The order books have been opened. An engine with an output of around 279 kW (380 HP) is powering this front-wheel drive TT RS, which was developed by quattro GmbH in tandem with Technical Development of AUDI AG for the SP4T class of the VLN Endurance Championship. The vehicle has been tested for around a year.

After class victory in June at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the testing phase concluded in a stunning performance at the 6-hour race on the toughest race track in the world at the end of August. This was the first pole position of a front-wheel drive vehicle in VLN’s history and overall victory ahead of rivals with higher power ratings.

Head of Audi Sport customer racing, Romolo Liebchen, stated that in the TT RS, Audi is producing the next attractive customer sport race vehicle available to interested teams.

He added that in line with the products that customers have expect from the company, the TT RS is yet another vehicle model designed for a variety of racing conditions and easy handling. The TT RS perfectly mastered the load at the 24-hour race while proving its exceptionally forgiving handling characteristics at the 6-hour race in the unpredictable conditions of constantly changing weather, Liebchen added.

The Audi TT RS marks the first time that a classic sports car has been added to the Audi RS range. Similar to the Audi RS6 and the RS4, quattro GmbH had a hand in developing the Audi TT RS into a no-nonsense and all-out driving machine.

The Audi TT RS features a new six-speed manual transmission that makes a strong statement about the engine’s great performance and allows for precise and effortless operation. The manual transmission has a specially crafted shift stick that has a particularly short travel. You would enjoy the narrow spread of the gear ratios and the high efficiency ratio.

The Audi TT RS has quattro’s all-wheel drive that comes standard in all cars. The all-wheel drive’s heart is found at the rear axle: the hydraulic multi-plate clutch that is electronically controlled. The clutch also has the ability to transfer the majority of the torque to the rear wheels if necessary.

Counting just milliseconds, the powerful electrical pump will work with the accumulator to put pressure on the clutch plates using hydraulic pressure. The quattro powertrain also has the constant velocity joint and the compact rear-axle differential. These additional components are considered heavy-duty.

The quattro drivetrain gives the Audi TT RS great traction, superb stability and extraordinary dynamics. You can see the superior handling in action when you drive down winding roads or perhaps take your TT RS to the racetrack. You get responsive and precise steering, neutrality at the cornering limit, the quick reactions of the chassis, and the grip when you exit a curve, as well as the engine’s tremendous power. Everything about the Audi TT RS spells sportiness!

Excellence with high technology: Body and chassis

The Audi TT RS has a chassis that forms the basis for Audi’s TT design. There is a four-link rear suspension that separately manages the lateral and longitudinal forces. The steering is electromechanical and is highly efficient. You get power steering that conforms to the car’s speed. It uses aluminium in the front and sheet steel in the back of the body, giving the car a one-of-a-kind combination of materials that help balance the axle-load distribution while also keeping you safe in the event of a car crash, as well as helps boost the car’s precise handling characteristics.

Press Release

RACING VERSION OF AUDI TT RS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDERING

Alongside the successful R8 LMS, Audi Sport customer racing is now offering another attractive customer sport race car: the racing version of the Audi TT RS can be ordered effective immediately.

The front-wheel drive TT RS powered by an engine with an output of about 279 kW (380 HP) has been developed by quattro GmbH in collaboration with Technical Development of AUDI AG for the SP4T class of the VLN Endurance Championship and extensively tested for about one year. After class victory at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in June, the testing phase culminated in an impressive performance at the 6-hour race on the world's toughest race track at the end of August: the first pole position of a front-wheel drive vehicle in the history of the VLN and overall victory ahead of rivals with higher power ratings.

"In the TT RS Audi is making the next attractive customer sport race car available to interested teams," says Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. "In line with the products our customers have come to expect of us, the TT RS is another car that has been designed for a wide range of racing conditions and easy handling. The TT RS perfectly mastered the load at the 24-hour race while being able to prove its exceptionally forgiving handling characteristics at the 6-hour race in the unpredictable conditions of constantly changing weather."

As a production-derived unit the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine is designed for extremely high mileage. Its power drives the front wheels via a sequential six-speed racing transmission. Paddle shifters allow customers to fully concentrate on the action on the race track.

Audi has developed a race car body for the TT RS that is designed for maximum safety and high aerodynamic efficiency. But downforce is not the only thing that helps to put the power on the road. A sophisticated racing suspension with a wide range of adjustment options that are easy to operate assures supreme road-holding and particularly good balance.

Audi Sport customer racing offers the ready-to-race TT RS to its customers at the price of 180,000 euros (net). "For this model we also provide optimal support to our customers," says Werner Frowein, Managing Director of quattro GmbH who is responsible for the customer activities at Audi. "They benefit from our experience with the R8 LMS and the extensive testing program we have completed with the TT RS. Customers can look forward to a reliable, easy-to-drive and affordable high-tech sports car plus the Audi service to which they have become accustomed."

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