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Since 2012, the Audi R8 LMS has taken five victories in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, the "green hell", which is considered to be one of the most difficult and popular endurance races in the world. As a tribute to this grandiose success story, Audi Sport GmbH is presenting a special limited edition of the road version of the sports car at the 2020 Nürburgring: the R8 green hell (fuel consumption in l/100 km: 13.0; CO2 emissions in g/km: 299-297).

The close link between sports road vehicles and racing cars is also emphasised at this edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The race car, entered by Audi Sport Team Phoenix in the GT3 class and bearing the number 1, is visually comparable to the R8 green hell thanks to its dark green "wrapping". Nico Müller/Frank Stippler/Dries Vanthoor/Frédéric Vervisch (CH/D/B/B), who have all won the race at least once, are the four Audi drivers who will take turns at the wheel of the R8 LMS. Frank Stippler, double winner of the race and who knows the "green hell" better than anyone else, has a very special relationship with the R8. He won the Nürburgring 24 Hours at the wheel of a racing GT3 in 2019. Stippler has been involved from the very beginning of the testing of the first generation Audi R8 LMS, whose first laps on the track date back to 2009. In addition to his driving skills, he also contributed his engineering expertise. Since then, it is difficult to imagine the development of customer-competition cars and even any sporty road model without his contribution.

 An exclusive look: Tioman Green and matt black wrapping

The Audi R8 green hell is numbered and limited to 50 units worldwide. Prices for this model start at 232,060 euros in Belgium. Its exclusive status is obvious at first glance. True to the motto "green hell", the exterior is standardly decorated in a dark Tioman Green colour. However, customers can also opt for Ibis White, Daytona Grey or Mythos Black as an option. The front bonnet, A-pillars, roof and rear are partially covered with a matt black film in a racing look. The doors of customers' cars are marked with the number of their edition in large, matt transparent digits, reminiscent of the door numbers of racing cars. The "GREEN HELL R8" logo decorates the side panels and windscreen in glossy black. The matt black styling package highlights the front end, rocker panels and diffuser, complemented by the side panels, mirror housings and rear wing, all in the same colour. The surfaces of the 20-inch five-twin-spoke wheels with a dynamic design are also painted matt black. The red wheel details complete this spectacular design.

 Inside, passengers are seated in lightweight bucket seats with Alcantara trim in the centre. The same material is also used on the steering wheel rim, enhanced with its red centre marker, on the digital instrument cluster cap, on the door armrests, knee pads and centre armrest. Almost all of these areas are finished with contrasting stitching in a Kailash Fern blue-green tone. The "monoposto" (the large arc running along the cockpit), instrument cluster, door handles and top of door panels, as well as the red edged floor mats also feature contrasting stitching in this colour. The floor mats are also marked "GREEN HELL R8".

 Outstanding performance: 620 hp naturally aspirated V10 engine

The basis of the green hell edition of the Audi R8 is the coupé variant of the Audi R8 V10 performance quattro. Its uniquely musical, naturally aspirated V10 engine transmits 456 kW (620 hp) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 13.0; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 299-297*) to all four wheels via the seven-speed S tronic transmission. This power catapults the high-performance sports car from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 331 km/h. The quattro transmission, which distributes the power to the axles variably according to requirements, is specially adapted to the central location of the engine. A mechanical self-locking differential on the rear axle further enhances dynamic behaviour and traction. 

 

The structure, featuring an Audi Space Frame (ASF) design, is made of aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP). The underbody of the high-performance sports car, including the drive shaft, is almost entirely clad with smooth panels. Two small diffusers at the front guide air through the wheel arches, which also helps to cool the brakes. Upstream of the rear axle, the side walls incorporate NACA air intakes that deliver cooling air to the engine and S tronic gearbox. The wide diffuser under the rear ensures that the accelerated air returns to ambient speed without causing excessive swirling. This suction effect allows the air to circulate more harmoniously, increasing the offset.

As on a racing car, double triangles guide all four wheels, while the brake discs are made of CFRP ceramic. The Audi drive select system incorporates a Performance mode that allows the main parameters of dynamic behaviour to be adjusted to the road's coefficient of friction in three stages. The driver can access this function via a satellite button integrated into the steering wheel.

 Production: Continuous technology transfer

The Audi R8 green hell is produced in the Böllinger Höfe plant near the Audi factory in Neckarsulm. Flexibility is a high priority in these facilities. In addition to the series production vehicles, the workers also produce the Audi Space Frame of the racing R8 LMS in the body shop. Given the complexity of the work procedures, this involves a continuous technology transfer of motor sport instruction and a high level of training.

Success story: The Audi R8 LMS at the Nürburgring 24 Hours of Racing

The GT3 version of the Audi R8 LMS has made history in customer-competition motorsport and, more specifically, the Nürburgring as early as 2009. For the first three years, from 2009 to 2011, the car won the GT3 category at the Nürburgring 24 Hours of Racing at each of its events. In 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019, it climbed to the top of the overall standings. These results make Audi the most successful GT3 manufacturer on the "green hell" at that time. To date, the race car based on the production vehicle has scored a total of 13 victories in 24-hour races in Dubai, Spa, Zolder and on the Nürburgring. The model has performed equally well in many other competitions. Since 2009, two generations of the Audi R8 LMS have won 75 driver titles and 96 top placings in championships around the world.

 The R8 family of racing cars consists of three members, with the flagship being the R8 LMS GT3. The R8 LMS GT4, much closer to the production model, has lined up with its flagship counterpart in 2017. It already has 18 world titles to its credit. The entry-level GT model has recently been updated for the 2020 season. At the end of 2019, Audi Sport customer racing launched a new edition under the lines of the R8 LMS GT2. The top-of-the-range racing car with 640 hp is aimed in particular at gentleman drivers. 

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