Perhaps there is no sport racing car that has ever recoded multiple race successes as the Audi R8. Developed by Audi Motorsport specifically for the LMP900 class at Le Mans, the car recorded wins right from its debut in 2002. It proceeded to win the overall championship title six times in a row. It was actually the first car to beat Toyota TS020 GT ONE.
The car runs on a 3.6 Liter Audi FSI V8 engine, which is known for its fuel economy while providing the necessary power. This is also the engine found in many Volkswagen cars publicly sold. The 610 horsepower generated by the engine is transmitted to the car’s rear wheels via five-speed sequential transmission with an electro-pneumatic gear change.
The Audi R8 design was planned to make the car easy to handle during races, both on the track and during service. To achieve this, car parts were made to removed and changed within a very short time. For example, its rear transaxle has successfully been changed in less than four hours. This is a process can take up to three hours to complete.
It was also designed in such a way that the rear part of the car could be detached from the rest of the car and replaced with a new rear part by use of a crane. Although restrictions were imposed requiring all racing cars to have the same gear box casing for the duration of a race, Audi R8 still featured a gear box whose internal components could easily accessed and replaced when necessary.
This was a strongly built yet light racing car. The body was made of strong but light carbon fiber polymer material that is not only expensive but also takes a considerable amount of time to mould. Coupled with its ability to attain top speed with short time acceleration, the Audi R8 remained the car to beat on the racing track for a long time. This made it necessary for additional restrictions to be imposed on the car for it to be allowed to compete in racing championships.