Audi R8 LMS Ultra achieves one-two finish in the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hours race

Article by Anita Panait, on May 21, 2012

Audi Sport Team Phoenix has captured the top plum in the 40th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Sharing driving duties for the winning Audi team in the new Audi R8 LMS ultra were German drivers Marc Basseng, Christopher Haase, Frank Stippler and Markus Winkelhock. 

Audi Sport Team Phoenix was followed by Team Mamerow Racing, comprised of drivers Christian Abt, Michael Ammermüller, Armin Hahne and Christian Mamerow. Like Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Team Mamerow Racing was also driving an Audi R8 LMS ultra, making it a one-two success for Audi. The victory came just eleven months after Audi celebrated its tenth victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its R18 TDI LMP sports prototype.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in June 2011 was followed by a July 2011 triumph of a customer racing R8 LMS race car at the 24 hour classic at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Audi’s latest Nürburgring success was not without a few incidents. Many leading teams in the competition, particularly in the GT3 class where Audi R8 LMS ultra is competing, were hit by technical defects and several accidents, bringing the number of participants down. 

Teams driving Audi cars were also struck by accidents. An Audi R8 LMS ultra with start number ‘2’ driven by Christopher Mies was hit by an opponent in the rain while leading. It took his team around 53 minutes to complete the repairs, costing them precious time and Mies and teammates Marcel Fässler and René Rast have to settle for fifth place.

The high-performance Audi R8 is now more dynamic than ever. It boasts an S tronic transmission, as well as new features on its exterior, for its brakes, and in its cabin. All R8 models now come with all-LED headlights as standard. Its rear lights signal the entry of yet another dynamic innovation in the form of dynamic turn signals.

Audi’s powerful new R8 V10 plus delivers 550 hp and accelerates from zero to 62.14 mph in just 3.5 seconds. And thanks to Audi’s ultra lightweight construction, this top-of-the-line sports car model with manual transmission boasts a 3,461.26-lb curb weight.

The reshuffled R8 lineup consists of two body styles – Spyder and Coupé – and three engines. Both models, which are equipped with the new 7-speed S tronic, have standard sprint times that improved by 0.3 second. Meanwhile, their fuel consumption is lessened by as much as 35.41 g/mile.

Moreover, the 8-cylinder engine that powers the Audi R8 V8 generates 430 hp and delivers a torque of 317.15 lb-ft, with the Spyder between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm. Meanwhile, combined with the 7-speed S tronic, the engine accelerates the R8 Coupé from 0 to 62.14 mph in 4.3 seconds, reaching a top speed of 186.41 mph. As for the Audi R8 V10 w/ S tronic, it accelerates in 3.6 seconds and has a 195.11-mph top speed. The 10-cylinder engine generates 525 hp and delivers 390.91 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm.

At the top of Audi’s new model range is the R8 V10 plus that generates 550 hp and delivers 398.28 lb-ft of torque. It is also equipped with the S tronic and it accelerates from 0 to 62.14 mph in 3.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 196.97 mph. This new top model is available only as a coupé.

Other than the 6-speed manual, the new 7-speed S tronic is also available. The 7-speed S tronic replaces the R tronic, which was used previously and is now standard in all the V10 models. This fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission offers a launch control function, which gives you optimal traction when starting. It delivers power to the road through the quattro permanent AWD or all-wheel drive system complete with rear-axle bias.

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