A Guide to Audi Racing Cars

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German auto manufacturer, Audi, has a rich racing tradition going all the way back to the International Austrian Alpine Rallies during the years from 1912 to 1914. The company was founded in 1909, so success in racing came quickly. Over the years the cars have proven competitive time and again, holding the bragging rights to victories and series championships. After a racing hiatus of many years, today they are again a highly respected brand in auto racing.

In 1932 Audi merged with four other car companies to form Auto Union, and the new company raced under the new Auto Union brand. The Audi name disappeared from the automotive marketplace in 1939. It did not reappear until the mid-1960s and racing did not return under the Audi brand until the late 1990s when Audi introduced the R8R followed by the R8C, neither of which were able to consistently challenge the leaders in sports-racing competition.

Audi re-emerges on the strength of the R8

But by the 2000 season, Audi had developed the R8 model to a winning formula. The R8 then won the American Le Mans series six straight years from 2000 through 2005, and placed first at the prestigious European 24 hours of Le Mans five of those six years. In 2003 the R8 placed third. The car’s dominance of its racing category was profound, to say the least.

The R8’s lightweight carbon-fiber body and 600+ h.p. V-8 engine produced record lap times at Le Mans during those first three championship seasons before rules changes reduced horsepower. But perhaps the most significant fact about the dominance of the R8 is this: out of 79 races the car entered, it won 63 times.

Replacements for the irreplaceable R8

The successor to the R8 was the R10, which turned out to be a great car in its own right, albeit with a shorter lifespan. The full model designation was R10 TDI, the later part meaning turbocharged direct injection. This car placed first at Le Mans in each of the three consecutive seasons it raced there (2006, 07, and 08) until being replaced by the R15. It won constructor’s championships in each of those seasons for Audi.

In 2009 the new R15 TDI employed a V-10 engine, replacing the V-12s that had been used in earlier models. The car was competitive but failed to win at Le Mans, in its first and only year there, also failing to win at the Petit Le Mans, and winning only three of its ten races entered. 

The car was revamped in 2010 as the R15 plus, and competed more successfully. At Le Mans, after trailing the leading Peugeots for most of the race, Audis finished 1-2-3. But that marked the high point for Audi in 2010 as the cars were unimpressive throughout the remainder of the season.

For the 2011 season Audi again entered an entirely new car, the R18 TDI, which did win at Le Mans, but did not impress for much of the season, with the company in fact choosing to field older R15s in some races. The new car was revamped for 2012 as the R18 ultra, and also as another model, the R18 e-tron quattro. These two models together performed well winning five times during the season, sweeping the top four finishing positions at both Spa and Le Mans. Audi again captured the World Endurance Championship in 2011 on the strength of these finishes.

Plans to race upgraded versions of the e-tron quattro in 2013

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The New Audi RS6 Avant Super Wagon With Forged Wheels

The latest Audi RS model to hit the streets is the new RS6 Avant based on the new C7-gerneration Audi A6 Avant. Even though it is a wagon, the new Audi RS6 Avant still asserts itself as being one of the super cars from the German automakers lineup. The new super car has taken the automotive world by storm, being featured on such websites as Car and Driver, MotorTrend, Automobile, and MotoringExposure, while becoming the poster car for many Audi enthusiasts. It combines the ultimate in vehicle utility along with performance upgrades ranging from the twin-turbocharged V8 engine to the lightweight forged wheels and precise suspension setup.

One of the most exciting aspects of the new Audi RS6 Avant is its new 4.0 TFSI V8 engine that is fed by two turbochargers placed in the "V" of the engine to reduce turbo lag. An array of new technology from cylinder deactivation, automatic stop-start function, direct fuel injection, and low-friction internals also help to reduce fuel consumption while also contributing to the high power output of the engine. The new and advanced V8 engine sends an incredible 560 horsepower /412 kW from 5,700 to 6,700 RPM and 516.29 lb-ft./700 Nm from 1,750 to 5,500 RPM to all four of the standard forged wheels. The incredible amount of power helps the wagon accelerate to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and depending on the optional packages that customers order, top speed can be set at 155-, 174-, or 190 mph.

The power produced by the V8 4.0 TFSI engine is sent through an advanced Quattro all-wheel drive system that utilizes new technology such as torque vectoring to all four forged wheels. An eight-speed Tiptronic transmission is the only gearbox option available and has seven close-ratio gears for quicker acceleration times while the final, eighth gear is taller to improve fuel economy while cruising.

In order to handle the high power output from the engine, the chassis had to be upgraded with new suspension components, larger brakes, and lightweight forged wheels. The suspension on the RS6 Avant uses an automatic air system that adjusts to road conditions based on the driver's settings. The standard brakes are new steel, wave discs with weight-optimized construction and six-piston calipers. As an option, customers can order new carbon fiber ceramic discs for even better stopping power. The standard wheels on the Audi RS6 Avant are lightweight 20-inch forged wheels with seven double-spokes or customers can order three different cast wheel options in 21-inch diameters.

The new Audi RS6 Avant super car is a high performance wagon that will be available in Europe in the first quarter of 2013 from the German automaker.

Douglas Cougevan is a contributing writer at COR Wheels. COR Wheels specializes in forged wheels in three piece and split spoke designs.

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The Latest Technologies Coming From Audi

 

cr 525fced73d2927430a156bbdb9e6b1a6 Audi TechnologiesGerman car manufacturing giant Audi is one of the worldwide leaders when it comes to automotive technology. They often come up with new, innovative technologies that are intended to improve a car's performances, but also increase traffic safety and fuel economy.

Predictive Suspension

This system is the latest addition to the series of technologies that are part of the predictive intelligence concept, which Audi is trying to implement on each of their models. They've had huge success with previous technologies that are similar to this one, such as the adaptive cruise control and the active lane assist. The predictive suspension system is developed with one goal in mind: to help drivers avoid potholes, and enjoy a smooth ride. It's a pretty intricate system, involving cameras, sensors, special software and a unique suspension system design.

There is a forward-facing camera that is mounted on the rear-view mirror, which along with sensors, scans the road 65 feet

ahead, and sends information about road conditions to the software system, which analyzes this information and works to adjust the suspension system accordingly. Then, the specially designed suspension system will lower or raise the wheels, so that the car can go over bumps and potholes, and passengers won't feel the changes on the road surface. This will definitely help reduce the number of car accidents and make your ride more comfortable.

Audi Wireless Charging

This technology is developed in collaboration with WiTricity Corporation, and should revolutionize the way electric vehicles are charged. Electric cars have offer many benefits, and are very good for the environment, but there are a couple of downsides that come with having an electric vehicle, such as the limited driving range they provide. The wireless charging technology includes an inductive charging system, which involves a coil installed in the ground at your driveway or garage, and another coil integrated in the car. Once you put your car into position, a magnetic field is activated and the charging begins. Charging electric vehicles will be much easier this way, and you won't have to get out of the car and put a cord in it to charge it. Audi plans to install these systems on as many locations as possible, such as parking garages, and even on streets and highways, and we can expect to see this technology being used as early as 2015.

Lately, Audi are mostly focusing on green technologies, developing the e-tron concept, a hybrid sports car, self-parking, as well as the wireless charging system and that's the directions where are they heading to in near future.

 

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2014 Audi A3 Sedan

cr a214d703858c1c6e28c597e361e2e04f Audi A3 SedanA prototype of the upcoming Audi A3 Sedan was recently spotted suggesting that the vehicle is not far from series production.  Originally presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the new A3 sedan was anticipated to arrive sooner but for various reasons was delayed until now.  It is expected to officially arrive at the end of this year in Frankfurt or Geneva.

Volkswagen's MQB platform (MkVIIGolf) will be the basis for building the A3 which will make the model much lighter than the current production A3.  A 1.8 liter TFSI gasoline motor will drive the vehicle at approximately 180 horsepower, 183 foot pounds of torque.  A 2.0 liter TDI diesel engine will be added at some point achieving about 184 hp + 280 foot pounds of torque.


The A3 sedan footprint is approximately 4.44 meters (14.57 ft) long x 1.84 meters (6.04 ft) wide x 1.39 meters (4.56 ft) in height.  It will be virtually the same as the 3-door A3 hatchback along with the 5-door sportback.  It also is about the same size as the B5 Audi A4.  It is expected that at the A-Pillar area the sheet metal will become unique to the new A3.

 

The A3 will still retain some of its features from the original concept version.  The engine performance will be reduced from the 408 horsepower, 2.5 liter @ 5 cylinder engine.  The A3 will reach a 0 – 60 mph speed at approximately 7 seconds in conjunction with the S Tronic dual clutch transmission.  Front wheel drive will act as standard with a potential all wheel Quattro drive on the horizon. The MQB platform has also been integrated with several fuel efficient drivetrains. In addition there will also be a conventional manual for the driving enthusiast.


The A3 exterior has a similar front fascia with LED-infused headlights to the current series production model. A small trunk for storage along with an integrated spoiler are a couple of its features.

 

The A3 interior will have a heavy dose of leather, circular dials, navigational controls, etc.  Audi has encompassed its MMI interface system to engage the media and navigation functions on either a 5.8 inch or 7 inch display for easy viewing.The 2014 Audi A3 Sedan will hit the US Market sometime during the end of calendar year 2013 and will be a 2014 MY vehicle.

 

A3 Sedan Competition:  Mercedes Benz CLA

Audi TT Moving Closer to R8

cr 466d42d8790a9c39982bf46f566eb67b Audi Tt Next GenerationThe next TT will include the MQB Modular-Transversal architecture.  Audi is looking to its first generation car for its next generation.  It is anticipated that it will have a shorter front overhang and a longer wheelbase relative in relation to the car’s overall profile.  The overall footprint or vehicle size will remain relatively unchanged.

The TT's interior is flawless leaving no history to its VW Golf lineage.  A crafted interior is modern with a bit of flair with its faux suede and leather upholstery.  10 way power seats and navigation system bring the TT to full functionality.

The Audi was one of the pristine cars arriving in the late 90's with its dramatic front and rear profiles.  The Audi TT name is generated from a successful motor racing tradition of NSU Motorenwerke AG which later merged into the Audi Brand.  Both Technology and Tradition have been connected with the TT signature.

The TT was named after the Tourist Tropy race which is held on the British Isle of Man (Motorcycle Race).  The front or all wheel drive is a 2 seat tourer not fully fitting into a sports car or sport coupe or roadster classification.  Its heavy curb weight and soft suspension prevented the full sporty feel and perception.  There are sporty TTS and RS variants, however, if that is your cup of tea.

The TT is all about unique style and relaxing ride.  The optional magnetic ride suspension and all weather traction give the TT some additional offerings.

 

 

Vehicle Dynamics:

Manufacturer:  Audi AG

Production:  1998 – Current

Current Production Models include:  2 Door Coupe, 2 Door Roadster

Specific Models:  TT Coupe, TT Roadster, TTS Coupe, TT RS Coupe, TTS Roadster, TT RS Coupe, TT RS Roadster

Production Facility:  Ingolstadt, Germany (body shell); Gyor, Hungary(engines and final assy)

Platform:  Volkswagen Group A Series (original A4 (PQ34))

Engine:  Transverse Front

Architecture:  MQB Modular-Transversal

Manufacturing and Painting:  Ingolstadt Plant

Top End HP:  TT RS @ 400 horsepower

Audi subsidiary Audi Hungaria Motor Kft

 

Features:

23 cubic feet of cargo space

Bluetooth Technology

Satellite Radio

Bose Stereo

Leather Stitching

Coupe Rear Seating

Front and All Wheel (Quattro 4 Wheel Drive) Drive Platform

4/5 cylinder Engines

Front-Mounted Transversely Oriented Engine

Fully Independent Front Suspension

MacPherson Struts