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Audi R8 news - R8 racer - 2008

Forget the rumoured V10 version or the V12
diesel. If you want the lairiest, scariest R8 - hell, the lairiest, scariest
Audi, full stop - you need this.

This is the GT3 R8, the racing version of
Audi’s mid-engined supercar set to compete in the FIA GT3 championship next
 year.

How totally, totally, really-quite-cool is
it? We’re loving the massive rear wing, kinked carbon fibre wing mirrors and
fat chin splitter.

It won’t just look good, either. Audi is
promising ‘500bhp-plus’ from the R8’s 4.2-litre V8, channelled through a
six-speed sequential gearbox to - now here’s the really fun bit - the rear
wheels only.

See, GT3 regulations prohibit the use of
four-wheel drive, so you’re looking at a drift-monkey in the making.

Audi will deliver the first racing R8’s to
customers next autumn. Just imagine it battling it out with Gallardos, F430s
and DBRS9s across the race tracks of Europe.

Time to start
working towards that competition licence, then…

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