"Vorsprung durch Technik". Hardly any slogan in the automobile world is as respected as this. It originated in the 1980's, the mad days of Group B rallying, where Audi was among the first manufacturers to produce 4WD cars for competition purposes. They named the car "Quattro", after it's successful 4WD system. And they've been loyal to that ever since.
The Audi R8 was to be the car to take it to the next level of competition: the world of 300+ km/h supercars. It was powered by a 5.2 liter V10 engine, producing 525 horsepower. Add the 4WD system to that equation, and the result is a 0-100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds.
The R8 can best be described as an automobile Frankensteins Monster. The Quattro 4WD system is an evolution of that used in the Quattro rally car, while it shares it's name with the most successful Le Mans Prototype, the R8R. The V10 engine as well as the 6-speed transmission are taken from the Lamborghini Gallardo.
True to the origins of the Quattro, the R8 has also been entered in several motorsport categories around the world. R8 LMS and Ultra versions have secured victories in every major GT3 class series, including wins at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Spa. The R8 has certainly written a new chapter in the story of the Quattro.
Wrote by Morten Pedersen