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Audi R8

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Sports/Touring Car Racing

R8
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Originally the R8 name was applied by Audi to a Le Mans-style racing car. The open top car for the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans was the R8R, the closed top version was the R8C, and then the R8 LMP competed from 2000-2006.

In 2003 Audi debuted the Le Mans quattro, a concept car informally called the Audi R8 Concept.

In 2005 Audi transferred the name from racing to street use, introducing the R8 road car and making the next generation of Le Mans race car the R10 (unveiled December 2005).


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Audi R8 page on 20 May 2021, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Audi R8 is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, which uses Audi's trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006.

The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG's private subsidiary company manufacturing high performance automotive parts, Audi Sport GmbH (formerly quattro GmbH), and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and presently the Huracán platform. The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by Audi Sport GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi's 'aluminium site' at Neckarsulm in Germany.

It is also the first production car with full-LED headlamps.

First generation (2006–2015: Type 42)

The Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig) first appeared at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show and the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). Initial models included the R8 4.2 FSI coupé (with a V8 engine) and R8 5.2 FSI coupé (with a V10 engine). Convertible models, called the Spyder by the manufacturer, were introduced in 2008, followed by the high-performance GT model introduced in 2011. The Motorsport variants of the R8 were also subsequently introduced from 2008 onwards. An all-electric version called the e-Tron started development but would only reach production stage when the second generation model would be introduced.

6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as "the best handling road car today".

The car received a facelift in 2012 and a new model called the V10 Plus was now added to the range. Production of the Type 42 ended in August 2015.

Second generation (2015–present: Type 4S)

The second generation of the R8 (model code: Type 4S) was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and is based on the Modular Sports System platform shared with the Lamborghini Huracan. The development of the Type 4S commenced in late 2013 and was completed in late 2014. Initial models included the all-electric e-Tron and the V10 5.2 FSI along with the V10 plus. Unlike its predecessor, there was no manual transmission available and the entry-level V8 trim was also dropped. In 2016, the convertible (Spyder) variant was added to the line up which was initially available in the base V10 trim. In mid-2017, the high performance V10 plus Spyder was added to the range. A rear-wheel-drive model called the R8 RWS was introduced.

In 2018, the R8 received a mid-cycle refresh with mechanical and exterior changes. The newer and more aggressive design language carried over from famous Audi models of the past and it's appearance is slightly more angular up front. Some of the aerodynamic features such as the front aeroblades are shared with the Lamborghini Huracàn. The refreshed model had substantial performance improvements over its predecessor. The base R8 gets a power boost from 532 hp to 562 hp, while the V10 Plus was renamed V10 Performance Quattro and the engine saw a power increase by 10 hp (7 kW), now up to 612 hp.

The Audi R8 e-tron (2015) was an all-electric version of the second-generation R8. Unlike the earlier 2010 prototype based on the first-generation R8, it actually entered production, but only on a small scale, with less than 100 units sold. It featured a 92-kWh battery.

Photographs

Audi R8 Race Car Subject:  Audi R8 Race Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2004 Chicago Auto Show
Date:  6 February 2004
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Audi R8 Model Car Subject:  Audi R8 Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Audi R8 Model Car Subject:  Audi R8 Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Audi R8 Model Car Subject:  Audi R8 Scale Model Car
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Audi R8 Abt Sportsline GTR Subject:  Audi R8 Abt Sportsline GTR
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Audi R8 LMS Ultra Subject:  Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Audi R8 LMS Ultra Subject:  Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Audi R8 LMS Ultra Subject:  Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Audi R8 LMS Ultra Subject:  Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Photographer:  Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
Event:  2013 Geneva International Motor Show
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
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Audi R8 Subject:  Audi R8
Photographer:  Martin Katler
Publication Date:  6 May 2021
License:  Unsplash
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Audi R8 Subject:  Audi R8
Photographer:  Martin Katler
Publication Date:  19 April 2021
License:  Unsplash
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L9918-0518Audi R82008 First Editions, small scale, black, short package


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
17 August 2007Audi Goes Playful With Its 2008 R8 SupercarAnthony Fontanelle
8 July 2011Audi R8 GT Joins Superlight ClubCarmour Tan
25 July 20122013 Audi R8 plus - First Pictures Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
10 August 2012Audi R8 e-tron laps Nurburgring in 8.09 Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
3 December 2013The Audi R8 - V8 or V10. That Is The Question. Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
18 December 2013Driven - Audi R8 V10 Plus Colin Hubbard
2 July 2014Audi R8 V10 5.2 S-Tronic Review Colin Hubbard
12 September 2014Driven – Audi R8 V10 Spyder 5.2FSI Quattro Colin Hubbard
16 February 2015Supercar Diary - Part One - The Audi R8 Is Delivered Colin Hubbard
17 February 2015Supercar Diary - Part Two - Getting To Grips With The Audi R8 Colin Hubbard
23 February 2015Driven – Audi R8 V8 4.2FSI Quattro Colin Hubbard


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