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Audi Shows Race Version of the
Audi R8 at the Essen Motor Show
Essen/Ingolstadt - Audi is set to
present a world premiere at the Essen Motor Show from November
28 to December 7: the brand with the four rings will be
unveiling a race version of the Audi R8 with over 500
horsepower. During the press conference on November 28, Audi
will also be presenting its plans for the 2009 motorsport
season. This year’s winning Le Mans car and Timo Scheider’s
victorious DTM car will be lining up in Essen alongside numerous
attractive production models.
The version of the Audi R8
specially developed for customer teams will be celebrating its
world premiere in Essen. From fall 2009, therefore, Audi Sport
will for the first time offer a racing car that was specifically
developed for customer use.
“Ever since the Audi R8 was
unveiled we’ve been inundated with inquiries about a race
version. With the Audi R8, we will offer customers a racing car
packed with sophisticated technology and characteristic Audi
quality, but which is nevertheless easy to handle,” says Head of
Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. The first prototype
completed its first tests in mid-August with Audi works driver
Frank Biela at the wheel.
The new GT sports car will be
joined in Essen by other successful members of the Audi
motorsport family: this year’s winning Le Mans car, the Audi R10
TDI driven by Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish,
and the Audi A4 DTM in which Timo Scheider clinched the
championship title just a few weeks ago. On Friday, November 28
at 2 pm, the Audi motorsport boss will be appearing on AUDI AG’s
stand in Hall 3 to report for the first time on Audi’s plans for
the 2009 season.
The motorsport highlights will
also be accompanied by an attractive selection from Audi’s
current model range. The production R8 together with the RS and
S models are the link between motorsport and series production.
In Essen, the brand with the four rings will be showing the Audi
R8, the Audi RS 6 Sedan, the Audi TTS Coupé as the top-of-the
range model in the TT line, the Audi S3 as the top model in the
A3 line and the Audi S4 as the sporty highlight in the A4
family. The S4 will be celebrating its German show premiere in
Essen. It will be joined there by the Audi Q5 3.0 TDI quattro,
the Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro and the Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 T quattro.
(Nov. 26, 2008)