Here’s just a little more on the fascinating new Audi heading for the ENEOS NIES.
Manufactured in 2012 this car was designed and built by Audi to complete in the VLN (Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nurburgring) endurance race.
Powered by the 2.5 litre 5-cylinder engine from a road going TT-RS with a small horsepower increase to 372 horsepower and – almost surprisingly – ditching the 4WD system in favour of a lighter FWD platform. The carbon fibre DTM-styled bodywork adds an extra 5.5″ of width overall to the TTRS and allows for massive 18″ x 11″ magnesium OZ Racing wheels to provide the mechanical grip. The front splitter, dive planes and rear wing all work to create up to 1,500 lbs of downforce depending on the car’s speed!
In 2013, piloted by Robb Holland, Kevin Gleason, Jeff Altenburg, Roland Pritzker and Rob Huff they took on the longest of endurance races, the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The team qualified 9th overall, but with diligent driving and consistent race pace they brought the Audi to victory with an impressive 30 lap lead over the second place finisher.
In 2016 and unaltered from factory specifications the Audi was delivered to Pikes Peak. With Robb Holland again behind the wheel he set a new record time for Front Wheel Drive cars up the hill shattering the previous record by nearly a minute clocking in at 10:56.878.
In 2019 the Audi was shipped to New Zealand to compete in the NIERDC and SIERDC series. An absolute gem of a car with some fascinating history.