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Audi ’s dominance of endurance racing has become the stuff of legend and just when it appeared that the company had earned a slack off in preparations, think again.

The 2014 R-18 e-tron quattro LMP1 racer will make you believe otherwise.

Fresh off of another dominant showing at the 2013 World Endurance Championship, Audi is taking to heart the saying "the early bird gets the worm" with the early development of the R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 race car . Testing is set to begin this week with particular emphasis being put on achieving high fuel efficiency, using its sophisticated hybrid drive systems.

That’s the kind of thing you’d expect from a champion that wants to win more and not sit on its laurels and bask in all the glory it has earned.

As for the car itself, the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 racer is expected to feature a flywheel-based, electric-drive system paired with a powerful TDI engine. Exact specifications have yet to be revealed, but preparations are already underway to build a race car that can take advantage of the company’s expertise in endurance racing, while also fitting in new rules in the WEC with particular focus being paid to efficiency, and the use of advanced fuel-saving technology, like hybrid drive systems and diesel engines, to ensure that the race car is more than just competitive, but one that can live up to Audi’s sustained excellence in endurance racing.

Judging by its looks, the race car retains all the shapes and lines of the current R-18 e-tron quattro that the company used to win the 2013 WEC title. The full-blown, cockpit-style look is going to be kept, as are those vertical LED lights, the swooping flat nose, the enormous rear wing, and those bulging wheel arches that helps in keeping the race car low to the ground.

With Porsche , Toyota , and a host of other brands determined to push Audi off of its pedestal, the company is preparing a revised version of the R18 to ensure that things of those sort never happen.

Updated 03/26/2014: The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro made its first miles during the 2014 WEC season, not on the legendary race track in Western France but in public traffic. And these new cool pictures come to prove it. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro’s predecessor

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How often do you get to experience a super fast luxury station wagon doing insane speeds on test bowl or even a twisty, complicated and undulating test track? Audi UK recently ran a campaign where guests were invited to experience Audi’s ’S’ and ’RS’ range of premium sports cars .

Millbrook proving grounds is a purpose-built test facility in Bedfordshire, England. It includes a high-speed bowl where the cars can be maxed, plus a twisty Alpine test course with elevation changes and tight bends. The Alpine course was designed to mimic actual mountain roads where the car’s high speed handling and stability are pushed to the limit.

Guests got a chance to ride alongside a seasoned driver and experience the limits of the cars. The new Audi RS6 Avant was the star of the show, much to the surprise of just about no one. Despite its immense size and weight, the RS6 was pretty quick around the Alpine track, and on the high-speed bowl, the RS6 hit speeds in excess of 170 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant

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Audi Q7

Its been a while since we last caught the next-generation Audi Q7 out testing, but today we had the chance to see it out again, and it looks like Audi’s been pretty busy.

The prototype caught testing today seems to wear the final body kit and it also dropped that nasty black cover seen on the last model in favor of a new one that allows us to see the lines of the new Q7 .

Previous rumors suggested that for the new Q7, Audi will use lots of aluminum and other weight-saving materials that will help drop about 400 kg (about 880 pounds) from the total weight of the current eneration.

The new Audi Q7 will be built on a new platform that it will share with the upcoming Volkswagen Touareg , Porsche Cayenne and the upcoming Bentley SUV . Under the hood, it will offer both gasoline and diesel engines, with a hybrid powertrain also being a possibility.

Expect the new Audi Q7 to arrive in late 2014 as a 2015 model.

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Audi just dropped the revised 2014 R8 on the market and the German tuner Regula Tuning already found an extreme way to update it.

The kit is entirely made in carbon fiber and completely transforms the look of the R8 , even though the updates are limited just to a new front and rear apron, and a new set of side skirts.

The kit checks in at &euro7,850 — about $10,500 at the current exchange rates — and it can be applied to both the coupe and roadster versions, and all the engine variations.

No changes were made under the hood, but we think that what Audi is offering from factory is quite enough. In case you forgot, the R8 Spyder is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total of 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 391 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. This output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 193.25 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi R8 Spyder by Regula Tuning.

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Audi Sport Quattro Concept

Audi plans to expand its lineup in the near future in an attempt to strengthen its grip on the premium car realm. According to André Konsbruck, the director of Audi UK, in the future we could see a series of high-level cars based on the recently launched concepts , like the Audi Quattro and Nanuk .

While none of the two concept were officially confirmed for production, Konsbruck said that both of them have the production viability required to become reality. Also, he said that potential customers were invited to test and evaluate the two concepts, in an attempt to see "if there is a business case for them to be made."

"Every concept we show has production possibilities, and these cars are no different. I can see a future where we aim to deliver different, innovative premium cars that people aspire to own, such as these."

If the two concepts hit production, they will be offered as niche models, with a pretty high price, but they will "deliver on the brand image and build the desirability of the brand as a whole."

Click past the jump to read more about Audi Nanuk.

Source: Autocar
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A few days ago xXx Performance was unveiling a very cool tuning kit based on the Lamborghini Gallardo . Now is time for another awesome update, this time based on the Audi R8 , the 4.2 V-8 version. As with the previous kit, the new R8 Biturbo received a series of upgrades to both the exterior and the interior, but most of the job was made under the hood.

For the engine upgrades the tuner offers three different stages, with power increased to 590 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque in stage 1; 640 horsepower and 497 pound-feet in stage 2 and an astonishing 707 horsepower and 596 pound-feet of torque in stage 3. In all three stages xXx Performance is offering a biturbo system, ECU remap and a new exhaust system. The sequential R-tronic 6-gear manual transmission was also upgraded with a special transmission software that is adapted to the new situations.

The most powerful version goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 10.6 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in 15.8 seconds. Top speed goes up to 194 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 Biturbo by xXx Performance.

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Audi S1

It’s been a while since we last caught the upcoming Audi S1 out and about testing, but today our spy photographers managed to spot it somewhere in on public roads in Germany and inside an Audi facility. Unlike the previous prototypes, this one dropped some of the camouflage and is getting closer to the final product.

The prototype caught testing today by our spy photographers is powered by a gasoline engine, most likely the 2.0-liter TFSI engine with somewhere in the 220- to 250-horsepower area. The power will be sent to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro system.

The new S1 will be offered to those customers interested in a sport hatchback, but whom haven’t had the chance to buy one of the 333 A1 Quattro units. The S1 will offer similar performance figures, but a milder and less extreme body kit.

The new Audi S1 is expected to be unveiled in early 2014 in both three- and five-door configurations.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S1.

Audi R8

Considering that the current Audi R8 already uses a lightweight aluminum structure, news that the German automaker plans to drop as much as 130 pounds on the second-generation R8 caught a lot of people by surprise.

So why is this important news? Well, for one, it could usher in a new era of how the company will construct the bodies of its cars moving forward. And another thing: don’t sleep on what 130 pounds less can do to the performance characteristics of a car, let alone one that’s as fast and powerful as the R8.

That’s exactly what we could be in store for if recent comments by Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg have any weight to them. At the LA Auto Show , Hackenberg told Motor Trend of the company’s plan to offer a lighter Audi R8, which could very well mean that the automaker will be improving upon its current lightweight aluminum structure technology.

Hackenberg stopped short of diving into specifics, but he did indicate that the company will use what it calls a ‘multi-material’ strategy where some elements of aluminum on the current car will be replaced with lighter carbon fiber and more of the latter material will be used in the floor structure and center tunnel.

The second generation Audi R8 is scheduled to be released in the next few years so there’s still enough time to dissect what the company has in store for its resident supercar.

Click past the jump to read about the 2016 Audi R8

Source: Motor Trend
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Audi unveiled a new promotional video that puts head to head classic and modern technology: the current S3 sports sedan versus the 1983 Audi Sport quattro . The two models were driven by Stig Blomqvist in the Audi Sport quattro and Hermann Müller in the Audi S3, and the test took place on the old rally track in San Remo.

As a reminder, the 2013 S3 is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that develops 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph. The Sport Quattro used a 2.1-liter engine rated at 306 horsepower in the road-going version and 444 horsepower in the race version.

Check out the video to see these cars duke it out. Can you guess which car won?

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With 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque under its hood, the R8 V10 Plus is currently the most powerful model in the R8 lineup. That said, there is always room for improvement, and German tuner, B&B, prepared a nasty tuning kit that adds a few more horses to the potent V-10.

The tuner offers three stages of upgrades, each taking the V-10’s output to a new level. In Stage 1, the output jumps to 595 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque; Stage 2 takes it up to 610 horsepower and 420 horsepower; and the third stage, dubbed the BB R8 M20/3, pushes the V-10 to 628 horsepower and 431 pound-feet.

B&B did not reveal what is included in the first two stages, but the BB R8 M20/3 upgrade includes modification to the ignition and injection systems, and the intake channels and air ducts. There is also a new racing exhaust system made of stainless steel, a remapped the ECU and new air filters.

With the extra power. the R8 Plus goes from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 203 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 V10 Plus by B&B.

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