Audi is set to launch its first ever high-end hypercar – a four-wheel drive R10 flagship model that takes inspiration from its latest Le Mans-winning R18 race car. This hypercar, with an output of more than 600bhp, is a highly advanced two-seater that’s set to be positioned higher than the upcoming second-generation R8.
It is believed to offer a direct link between Audi’s high-profile motorsport activities and the road car aspect of the brand. The R10 has the following stunning features: a high-powered diesel-electric drivetrain, a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and the most advanced torque-vectoring-assisted quattro four-wheel drive. These highlights will all make it to a lightly disguised concept of the Audi hypercar that’s slated to appear this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Audi’s R&D operations head, said during the Geneva Motor Show that the new Audi was presently in the “product evaluation” stage of its development. However, he dropped hints that it’s likely to be approved for production. Dürheimer added that the company assesses the product using various ideas, such as market positioning, brand image, development cost and time to market.
He revealed that an update about what to expect next will be given at the Frankfurt show. With Audi’s decision to halt plans for the R8 e-tron, many consider the arrival of this new hypercar to be vital in its goal to offer cutting-edge technology on its road cars.
Development of the electric powered coupé took a long time starting with the direction of Audi’s company’s former head of R&D, Michael Dick. But because of a lack of range, plans were halted months before the scheduled production. Autocar divulged that the proposal for the R10 is centered on a recently developed carbonfibre monocoque structure and body that features styling cues that directly link it to the R18 race car.