Automotive, Driving Enthusiast, Iconic, Motor Racing, Racing, Track Driving

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What happens when you take the running time of Le Mans and add the Nurburgring? Easy! You get the greatest GT race in the world. It is that time of year again, we are gearing up for the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring. Because this race takes place on the one of the tightest race tracks, fans will not see any prototype cars out on track. To makeup for that, cars entered will be true GT raced cars, from purebred GT3 cars to European GT4 cars, and finally, heavily modified sports cars (called SP class) from all makes and models to fill out the field. At the announcement of this race there were 175 cars registered for the race.

While it is challenging to get complete information for the race, since it doesn’t have the same level of appeal on the world stage it is our understanding that Porsche’s Manthey Racing team will not be here this year. They have taken on the WEC with their factory Porsche efforts. Therefore the closest team we have to a factory favorite is the Falken Porsche Race Car. Nissan is here again to show the world that their GT3 spec GT-R is worthy enough to win the hardest race. Outside of those listed the favorites continue to be Audi with their R-8, Mercedes with their SLR, BMW with their GT3 Spec Z4 race car and finally McLaren will be running their MP4-12C race car. All of these cars are fielded by well qualified teams so the battle should be exciting. Finally, there will be a few teams running the factory race car program produced by BMW with the M235i Race car. It will be interesting to see how well these cars hold up to the abuse.

  Following links should help you enjoy this year’s race that will take place at the famed Nurburgring.

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Automotive, Cars, Dreaming, Driving Enthusiast, Iconic

An R8 Belated Birthday Celebration

Picture source: Various publications, news releases and flickr users (each user name is attached to the photo file) – Thanks in advance!

OK maybe it should be titled “completely overlooked birthday and when someone else mentioned that your next birthday was coming up we took notice.” We know the new 2012 Audi R8 has already been released and available to the public, but we thought it would be worth revisiting this modern marvel before all the news focuses on the 2013 top-of-the-line model. Audi has been nothing short of spectacular in the last couple of years; they have been charging forward to include R8’s in a number of meaningful races around the world. There latest installment only moves the needle closer to the race car performance everyone wants in their garage.

For 2012 Audi has brought another round of R8 that is setting its sights on creating the everyday supercar. We mean that in the most sincere way, as most cars produced with supercar status might as well be locked up in a museum or crated away in a holding cell. The idea that Audi has is absolutely correct. Create a car that users can live with both on their daily commutes, weekly routines and weekend track events. This here is the idea of your true all around athlete. As of June 2012 Audi has sold 2,548 R8s (specific model breakout is not available – our bet is that a majority of those sold were convertibles).

Speaking of models what can one get for when looking for the everyday supercar? First off there are three major options: coupe, spyder and the limited GT (starting at about $197,000 USD). The coupe and spyder are both available with either a 4.2-liter V-8 producing 430 horsepower or a 5.2-liter V-10 kicking out 525 horsepower.

 

The standards on 4.2 are heated, 10-way power-adjustable seats, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack, satellite radio and a six-disc CD changer. Options for the R8 4.2 includes navigation system, an iPod connection, 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen stereo and Audi’s Convenience Package, which adds features such as a backup camera and front and rear parking sensors (in case parking needs to be in tight, on-the-street spots). Picking the 5.2 trim owners will get all the 4.2 options as standards with the addition of the LED headlights and of course the larger output engine.

As for the GT model (333 produced) only 90 U.S. buyers will be able to purchase the 5.2-liter 560 horsepower version from a freer-flowing exhaust and remapped engine tuning. All models will provide their owner the coveted rear-biased quattro all-wheel drive, mid-engine weight distribution, and finely tuned magnetic-ride suspension settings. A six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automated manual transmission is available on the 4.2 and 5.2 trims, while the R8 GT gets the automated manual as standard equipment. Bottom line, any of the trims selected are tailored to a particular of driver, and naturally each trim makes it easy for the owner to live with on a day-to-day basis.

Because only 90 cars coming to the U.S.A. it adds to the already difficult problem of trying to find photos of these cars. It seems as if few owners are willing to share their Sunday Drive. If you happen to come across one, be sure to remind the owner to share his joy with the rest of the enthusiasts. Enjoy the 2012 R8 until the 2013 model arrives to shower new owner with a little be more of everything.

Audi video tribute to the R8

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