There seems to be a steady stream of “special” cars from the leading sports car manufacturers. Audi has jumped into the game with a special edition of the Audi R8, to bridge the gap between the normal street version and the full blown Audi GT3 race car. Here are the details on the new car (courtesy of Motor Trend, June 2011).
Enthusiasts always seem to think what they want in a sports car is a mildly detuned race car. They want to be just like the guys on TV: banging around, scraping the pavement, arms thrashing with every bump. These are guys who have never actually spent time in a race car getting beat up, cooked, and otherwise abused while driving. Truth is, real competition cars are built with driver comfort near the bottom of the priority list. What everyday drivers really want is a car with all the flash and raw sensation of pounding around Circuit de la Sarthe, but with all the comfort they have come to expect in their family transport. Audi has gotten a pretty good handle on this desire and has built an R8 to scratch that itch.