The Audi R8 is a masterpiece; stunning design engineering and automotive genius. Nothing else on the road looks or drives like it.
Audi design engineers have taken more than just inspiration from their multiple Le Mans-winning cars. Compare the R8 with its race-winning parents and you’ll notice some distinct similarities. But it’s not just the Audi R8’s stunning looks that have been inspired by our track cars.
Because of its mid-engine concept, the quattro all-wheel drive system on the Audi R8 is different. The driveshaft runs from the transmission through the engine's oil sump, to a newly developed front differential and a viscous coupling distributes the power between the rear and front wheels.
With an axle load distribution of 43:57 in favour of the rear, the weight balance of the mid-engine R8 has been perfected. The viscous coupling correspondingly diverts between 15 and 30 per cent of the propulsive power to the front wheels (the viscous coupling transmits a maximum of 160 Nm at a speed difference of 100 rpm). This assures maximum traction, but also preserves the typically agile handling of a mid-engine sports car.
Building a car of the Audi R8’s calibre takes time, expertise and an obsessive passion for detail. So a team of specially selected Audi workers assemble and fit the thousands of precision parts required, mostly by hand, to form the finished R8. Such is the pride in their work that only 29 Audi R8's can be finished in a day.
The Audi R8 is a pleasure to drive whether you’re blasting around a race track or simply going to pick up the groceries. Supercars are renowned for being difficult to operate in stop-start road conditions but with the R8, this isn’t the case. It’s effortless, easy, sophisticated and an unadulterated joy. Always.
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