Audi R8: Street and Track Mastery
Audi recently rocked the world when they declared that 2023 would be the conclusion of their stylish R8 supercar. The news came as a shock, however, there will be select individuals who get to take part in an authentic goodbye to the Audi R8. An ambitious HotCars spy photographer, by the name of Brian Williams, was successful in obtaining a special edition (established off ofthe Audi R8 GT3 competition car) being tested out at the Nürburgring.
The specifics are yet to be determined, but it appears that Scherer Sport, with their history of collaboration with Audi Sport, will take the reins in this ambitious venture. This custom tuner already has experience in developing and engineering the original Audi R8 GT3 Evo II.
It would be pleasing to construe this farewell as a homage for an unbelievable sportscar that never quite acquired the accolades it deserved. In the movies Iron Man,the Audi R8 unequivocally got admiration; alas, this German bombshell was more often than not upstaged by its Italian contemporaries inclusive of its related car, the Lamborghini Huracan.
Nevertheless, a more sensible explanation exists for why dominantly one hundred street-approved Audi R8s should start touring on both roads and racetracks by 2024: conforming criteria. Despite conclusion of producing the R8, Audi is still organizing initiatives to partake in upcoming racing championships.
Learning the full facts about this Audi racing is difficult. Not only were Frank Stippler’s skills behind the wheel demonstrated while circumnavigating the complicated Nordschleife track, but the inclement weather made spotting the intricate details harder than usual.
The pictures show a roof which is different to that on the regular car, however, the classic V10 engine will remain. To find out what kind of performance stats this vehicle has, it looks like we are going to have to wait. One of the defining features of this R8 racecar relates to its aerodynamics: the spoiler and air intakes are nothing like those of the R8 GT3.
Audi Sport, in collaboration with Scherer Sport, unleashed the Audi R8 GT3 back in 2009 as a racecar for global GT3 competitions. You could say it’s like an R8 with added oomph – aerodynamic upgrades, a reworked 5.2-litre V10, improved brakes and updated suspension were all introduced to face the challenges of racing. A few seasons later in 2016, this follow-up ‘facelifted’ model was launched hand-in-hand with the release of the second incarnation of the R8. Subsequent renditions, such as the 2019 R8 LMS GT3, had a remarkable 585bhp produced by the V10 engine.
Tim Stevens, a writer for HotCars, recently hopped into an usual Audi R8 V10 and was shocked with its capacity at Laguna Seca. However, the Audi R8 GT3 made by Scherer should take things to an entirely distinct tier.
Brian Williams of HotCars and Audi’s Scherer Sports has been a car fan for years, subsisting on a steady diet of Car and Driver magazines. His immaculate collection of classic cars runs the gamut from restorations to daily drivers. The sheer range of his vehicles indicates a variety of interests, as he’s equally passionate about Euro imports and vintage American muscle cars. As an enthusiast who appreciates every aspect of automotive design, Brian has truly fashioned himself into a masterful collector of automobiles. Brian Williams, a long-time auto aficionado, continues to bask in the brilliance of Car and Driver magazines. Having amassed an impressive assortment of iconic cars, ranging from perfectly preserved antiques to reliable modes of conveyance, it’s apparent that his enthusiasm knows no bounds, seeking out both international and classic American muscle machines. Through his commitment to passionate automobile engineering, Brian Williams has undoubtedly solidified his legendary status as a championship vehicle collector.