Will the VW Group “Four rings” to compete for the title at the Nurburgring?
Audi has registered at the European patent office the trademark R8 Green Hell. First it drew attention of our colleagues from Automobile Magazine.
Green Hell (“Green hell”) is a well-known nickname of the Northern loop of the Nurburgring, invented in the sixties of the last century, a three-time champion “Formula 1” Jackie Stewart. The difficulty adds prestige to those who will take it faster than anyone, and automakers regularly compete in this discipline with each other. Accordingly, Audi R8 Green Hell may be a new special version of the coupe, which will attempt to beat the current record for production cars.
The problem, however, is that the holder of record is now Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – summer of the year before 770-horsepower Italian supercar drove the Nordschleife in 6 minutes 44,97 seconds, and beating the 700-horsepower Porsche 911 GT2 RS (6 minutes 47.3 seconds), and even a 1360-horsepower electric NIO EP9 (6 minutes to 45.9 seconds). Lamborghini and Audi include the Volkswagen Group, and not the fact that the parent company will allow the “Four rings” to challenge the title of the Italians. And can they actually beat “Lambo”?
About two years ago, the head of Audi Sport Oliver Hoffman stated that he has interesting ideas on extreme variant of the R8. It will be race inspired R8 GT3, but will remain civil. You can expect to weight reduction, new suspension settings and, of course, increase of power. The current Performance Audi R8 V10 quattro (ex-V10) Plus a 5.2-liter aspirated tuned to 620 HP and 580 Nm, which allows to develop 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and maximum speed to 331 km/h. At the same time related Lamborghini Huracan Evo is the same engine produces 640 HP and 600 Nm.
If Audi will not interfere in the confrontation between a Lamborghini and a Porsche at the Nurburgring, the Green Hell called the R8 can assign a limited special version in the spirit of the R8 V10 Plus R8 Neuberg or 24h Selection, which will differ from the standard model only. There is another, the most boring option: the manufacturer has registered a resounding name just a reserve and no concrete plans as yet. However, given that the life cycle of a mid-engined sports cars of the second generation is inexorably approaching the end, I would hope that in the end, the company will roll out something bright and memorable.