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Revealed: Late 1990s Mid-Engine R8 GT1 & G-TT GT2 Race & Road Car Proposals

by on 25 July 2014 in Design Miscellaneous Features

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We first encountered designer Peter Stevens on Facebook earlier this month. We learned that longtime automotive designer was once involved with an Audi Le Mans project that pre-dated that of the R8R LMP1. At the time, Audi was exploring both the building of a supercar and the entry into Le Mans style sports car racing. GT1 & GT2 efforts were the hot formula at the time and the Audi TT was Ingolstadt’s only sports car. More…

Texas Test: Behind the Scenes as Audi Test Runs the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro at Circuit of the Americas.

by on 21 March 2014 in Miscellaneous Features Motorsport

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The view directly below my feet is a floor of of dotted clear glass atop the red steel waterfall of a tower that posits like Mount Olympus over the sprawling Circuit of the Americas. I adjust my Pumas so as not to virtually step on the line of parked Audi A4s that appear as bugs on the ground. Just beyond the row of Audis is the big sweeper that makes up turns 16, 17 and 18, ushered along by big swathes of red and white stripes. I can see what is left of the track’s trademark stars blacked out with paint atop a slightly more sun-bleached black tarmac. Rumor has it that this was all Bernie Eccelstone’s doing, because maybe there’s only so much room for such things amongst the stars of his F1 travelling circus. It all seems a bit of a contrast to this day though, as I’m at an up-until-now secret test of the new 2014 spec Audi R18 e-tron quattro. The notoriously secretive Audi Sport has invited a short list of journalists in order to shed some light on their new program and their menacing new R18 e-tron quattro. More…

Audi R18 Cookies to Help Santa in His Endurance Run. Season’s Greetings from Fourtitude.

by on 10 December 2013 in Miscellaneous Features

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This year we tried something a little different when it came to our holiday plans. As you can see, the plan included Christmas cookies and everyone’s favorite 2012 World Endurance Championship-winning #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide for the Audi Enthusiast

by on 30 November 2013 in Miscellaneous Features

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Having survived Black Friday, it’s about that time of year that we publish our annual Holiday Gift Guide for the Audi Enthusiast. Each year this website endeavors to piece together a perfect gift list for Audi enthusiasts. Items on this list may range from a couple of dollars to several thousand, from easily purchased locally to extensive hoop-jumping involved. Some may be obvious Audi-branded goods, while others simply follow a similar philosophy like Audi ultra lightweight design or tailored customization akin to Audi Exclusive. Whatever the case, we think most any enthusiast would be happy to have most items from this list. We do hope you agree and further, would like to wish you a happy holiday season no matter your spiritual engine. More…

Video: Behind the Scenes with Brad Kettler at Audi Sport customer racing North America

by on 18 November 2013 in Miscellaneous Features Motorsport Video Vintage & Youngtimer News

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Though the year hasn’t yet finished, there’s no doubt that Audi Sport customer racing is gaining momentum and bearing down on the opening season of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship with several new teams set to field the dominant Audi R8 LMS in the inaugural year of this reformulated American series. We recently rolled out to the home of Audi Sport customer racing North America (a.k.a. Kettler Sport & Logistik) and got the grand tour from the firm’s creator and long-time Audi Sport Le Mans engineer Brad Kettler.

Audi TT 2.7T B5, The Unknown & Most Surprising Prototype

by on 28 October 2013 in Miscellaneous Features Vintage & Youngtimer News

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When the 30th Anniversary of quattro GmbH display opened earlier this month, a rather unassuming first-generation Imola Yellow TT coupe was part of the show. Were it not for some minor changes to the chin and an interesting decklid spoiler, even the most discerning eye may not have seen it as anything more than a yellow TT 3.2. However, a simple view of the engine bay with its longitudinally mounted 2.7T biturbo proves the car is much more than that, a little-known secret prototype quattro GmbH dusted off in order to celebrate its most storied and often secretive past. More…

2013 Audi TDI Efficiency Challenge – Q5, A6, A7

by on 8 October 2013 in Miscellaneous Features

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On any other day, I’d be lobbing explicatives at the Mazda3 in front of me as it crawls along River Road just outside of Washington DC. On any given weekend Mazda claims there are more of their cars racing, but the guy in front of me didn’t get the Zoom Zoom memo and he’s so light on the throttle it seems like I’ve been coasting behind him for at least a mile, an unintended hyper-miler at the wheel of a new A6 TDI as I head toward the DC Beltway and, with that, rush hour for one of the most congested metro areas in the nation. It’s a hell of a place to make an efficiency play, but that’s just what Audi wants me to do. More…

Timeline: Definitive History of the Audi R8

by on 30 September 2013 in Miscellaneous Features

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The explosive success of the Audi “R8” and specifically the cars that have bore the name can simply not be understated. Though this nomenclature was  unknown outside of the Ingolstadt factory gates prior to 1999, it is hard to imagine Audi without such a model. In many ways, the quick and dominant success of the R8 Le Mans prototypes, the R8 road car and the R8 LMS or GRAND-AM racers mirror the brand’s own rapid growth during the same period of time. Today, with freshened R8 road cars and a lightened R8 LMS ultra GT3 racer tearing up tracks, it seems an excellent time to reflect upon the history of the R8.

Vintage Audi Sport Chronograph by Heuer, Andre Lotterer’s Latest Score

by on 28 June 2013 in Choice Gear Miscellaneous Features

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If you watched our Andre Lotterer interview from Le Mans, then you likely already one of Audi’s fastest drivers just picked up a 450-hp tweaked Audi Sport quattro. That vintage car purchase, as it turns out, came just one month after another vintage purchase in the form of a rare Audi Sport Chronograph by Heuer.

Director’s Notes: Audi Multimedia Producer Joe Olesh Explains the Filming of “Canvas” ahead of “Iron Man 3” Premiere

by on 2 May 2013 in Miscellaneous Features

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The goal of “Canvas” was two-fold: bring the Audi/Iron Man partnership to light and celebrate the new 2014 Audi R8.

Paternity Quest: The Mystery behind the Spyker B6

by on 12 April 2013 in Boutique Brands Miscellaneous Features

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Adding international intrigue to the Geneva Motor Show this year was Dutch sportscar manufacturer Spyker. The little marque that could has survived grandiose yet failed efforts to purchase an F1 team and then later a sickly Swedish maker of hyper eccentric automobiles known as Saab. Each of those strategies proved unfruitful so the focus has […] More…

Ultimate Remote-Control Lego Audi R18 Constructed by Sicil

by on 13 March 2013 in Choice Gear Miscellaneous Features Motorsport

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If you’re a car enthusiast with Legos around the house, then you’ve likely thought of building your favorite Audi. Cars like the boxy 70s and 80s era Audis may even be considered a piece of cake when constructed in the form of the plastic toy blocks, but what of the curvaceous Audi R18 LMP racer? In the spirit of this week’s 12 Hours of Sebring may we submit this ultimate R18 Lego build by Sicil from Russia.