The Audi R8 LMS has recently been tweaked to be able to enter in the 24H in Daytona, but that project isn’t the only thing coming out of Audi headquarters. Say the R8 LMS’ price tag of 298,000 euro (about $420,000 at the current rates) is a tad too rich for your bank account, Audi has prepared an answer to your problems with the new TT RS race car. The new Audi racer will set racing teams back at €180,000 or about $250,000 at the current exchange rates, which isn’t exactly a bargain, but it’s cheaper than the R8 LMS.
The Audi TT-RS race car is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine mated to a sequential six-speed racing transmission to deliver a total of 380 HP. Paddle shifters allow drivers to fully concentrate on the action on the race track, while the sophisticated racing suspension with a wide range of adjustment options improves the TT-RS’ handling and stability.
"In the TT RS Audi is making the next attractive customer sport race car available to interested teams," says Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. "In line with the products our customers have come to expect of us, the TT RS is another car that has been designed for a wide range of racing conditions and easy handling. The TT RS perfectly mastered the load at the 24-hour race while being able to prove its exceptionally forgiving handling characteristics at the 6-hour race in the unpredictable conditions of constantly changing weather."