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  Audi R8

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2002
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAudi remains a dominant force in sports car racing, with their R8. For the 2002 season the outside of the car is only modified slightly as it proved a winning car in the 2001 season. Under the carbon body sits a FSI direct Fuel Injection engine. In an FSI engine the exact amount of necessary fuel is directly injected into the combustion chamber applying a pressure of 100 bars. The effects are a lowered fuel consumption, an increase of power at low revs and a better response.

The enormous rigidity of its carbon fibre chassis sets new safety standards. The transmission of power to the Michelin-shod rear wheels goes via a sequential six-speed gearbox which is activated pneumatically by gear shift paddles on the steering wheel. Gear shifting is considerably more precise than it would be manually and only causes mininum wear - a decisive factor for long distance races.

At the season opening Sebring 12 Hours race the R8 proved it hadn't lost its edge as the 2002 model model scored a third consecutive win, a Champion entered 2001 R8 finished second.

A few months later at Le Mans the Audis were stronger than ever with an all-Audi podium. The victory of the Pirro/Biela/Kristensen driven #1 Audi was never in danger as they secured the third consecutive Audi victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

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