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Audi develops race version of the R8 (http://www.audizine.com/news/news.php?nid=80&npid=93)
August 27, 2008 - Audi AG, Ingolstadt

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For the first time, Audi Sport will offer a racing sports car specifically developed for customer use in the form of the powerful 500 hp plus GT3 version of the Audi R8 which will be available from autumn 2009. The logistics and factory space required for the AUDI AG customer program will be created over the next few months in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm and Györ.

"The R8 is the first production Audi bearing the name and genes of a successful racing sportscar and is therefore an excellent base from which to build up our first big customer sport program," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. "Ever since the R8 was unveiled we’ve been inundated with inquiries about a race version. With the Audi R8 we will offer customers a racing sportscar equipped with high-caliber technology and the typical Audi qualities, but which is nevertheless easy to handle." More (http://www.audizine.com/news/news.php?nid=80&npid=93)

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