Audi R8 Green Hell Edition Pays Tribute To Nurburgring Racing Wins
Tribute to the success of the R8 LMS: the green hell of the Audi R8
The Audi R8 LMS has claimed five overall wins since 2012 at the Nürburgring 24 Hours – the “Green Hell” – considered one of the toughest and most popular endurance races in the world. As a tribute to this great achievement, Audi Sport GmbH is presenting a limited special edition of the road sports car at this year’s race on the Nürburgring – the R8 green hell2.
“We stand for high performance – both in series production and in motorsport,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “The R8 road sports car and the R8 LMS racing car were designed and developed together; about half of their parts are identical. The R8 green hell edition model takes advantage of the proximity to motorsport, while also paying homage to our legendary victories at the Nürburgring.
The close connection between the road sports car and the racing car is also underlined during the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring. The GT3 racing car with the number 1, which is used by the Audi Sport Team Phoenix, is visually adapted to the green hell R8 with its dark green film. Nico Müller / Frank Stippler / Dries Vanthoor / Frédéric Vervisch (CH / D / B / B), who have all won the race at least once, are the four Audi drivers who will take turns at the wheel of the R8 LMS. Two-time winner Frank Stippler in particular, who knows “Green Hell” better than anyone else, has close ties to the R8. He won the 24 Hours on the Nürburgring in a GT3 racing car most recently in 2019. Stippler was involved from the start in testing the first generation of the Audi R8 LMS, which debuted in 2009. Besides his pilot skills, he also brought his engineering expertise. Since then, it’s hard to imagine the development of customer racing cars and even sporty road models without him.
Exclusive look: Tioman green and matt black metallic film
The Audi R8 green hell edition model is numbered consecutively and is limited to 50 copies worldwide. The model costs 233,949.59 EUR in Germany. This exclusive status appears at first glance. True to the motto “Green Hell”, the outer skin is painted as standard in Dark Tioman Green. As an option, however, customers can also choose ibis white, Daytona gray or mythos black. The front hood, A-pillars, roof and rear are partially covered with a matte black foil with a racing look. The doors of customers’ cars display the edition number in large, transparent mat figures recalling the start numbers; the “GREEN HELL R8” logo adorns the side blade and windshield in gloss black. The matte black styling package adds highlights to the front, sills and diffuser, complemented by side slats, mirror housings and rear spoiler in the same tone. The surfaces of the 20-inch wheels with a dynamic 5-twin-spoke design are also painted in matt black. Red details on the rims complete the striking design.
Inside, the driver sits on lightweight bucket seats with center panels covered in Alcantara. The same material is also used on the rim of the steering wheel with its red marker at 12 o’clock, on the bonnet above the digital instrument display, on the door armrests, knee pads and on the center armrest. Almost all of these areas feature contrasting stitching in a blue-green ‘Kailash Fern’ tone. The monoposto – the large arch around the cockpit -, the dashboard, the door pull handle and the door rail as well as the floor mats with their red piping also feature contrasting stitching in this color. The floor mats feature a “GREEN HELL R8” logo.
High performance: V10 naturally aspirated engine with 620 PS
At the heart of the R8 green hell edition model is the Audi R8 V10 performance quattro in its coupé variant. Its loud naturally aspirated V10 engine sends 456 kW (620 hp) 3 via the seven-speed S tronic to all four wheels. This power propels the high-performance sports car from 0 to 100 km / h (62.1 mph) in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 331 km / h (205.7 mph). The quattro transmission, which distributes power variably between the axles as required, is specially designed for the mid-engine configuration. A mechanical locking differential on the rear axle further increases driving dynamics and traction.
The body with its Audi Space Frame (ASF) design is made of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). The underbody of the high-performance sports car, including the propeller shaft, is almost completely covered with smooth panels. Two small diffusers in the front area send air through the wheel arches; it also helps cool the brakes. In front of the rear axle, the skin incorporates so-called NACA vents, which carry cooling air to the engine and the S tronic. The large diffuser under the rear ensures that the accelerated air returns to room speed without causing excessive vortex.
This suction effect allows air to flow more smoothly, thus increasing the downforce. Like on a racing car, twin triangles all around locate the wheels; the brake discs are CFRP ceramic. The Audi drive select system incorporates a Performance mode which allows the main dynamic driving parameters to be adjusted in three stages to the coefficient of friction of the road. The driver can access this function via a satellite button on the steering wheel.
Production: technology transfer in progress
The Audi R8 green hell is produced in the “Böllinger Höfe” manufacturing plant near the Audi Neckarsulm plant. Flexibility is a high priority in the facility. In addition to production vehicles, employees also produce the Audi Space Frame for the R8 LMS racing car in the body shop. Considering the complex working procedures, this implies a continuous transfer of technology from motorsport as well as a high level of training.
Success story: Audi R8 LMS at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring
The GT3 version of the Audi R8 LMS has been making motorsport history for customers and in particular on the Nürburgring since 2009. In the first three years between 2009 and 2011, the race car won the category victory. GT3 at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring at every exit. . In 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019, he won the general classification. This record made Audi the most successful GT3 manufacturer in the Green Hell at that time. To date, the production race car has won a total of 13 total wins to its name in 24 hour races in Dubai, Spa, Zolder and on the Nürburgring. The model has performed well in many other racing series as well: since 2009, two generations of the Audi R8 LMS have won 75 driver titles in total and achieved 96 other championship rankings around the world.
The R8 racing car family consists of three members, including the flagship R8 LMS GT3. The R8 LMS GT4, much closer to the production model, joined the ranks of its flagship counterpart in 2017. Its record of success already includes 18 world titles. The entry-level GT model was recently updated for the 2020 season. At the end of 2019, Audi Sport customer races launched a new edition: the R8 LMS GT2. The high-end 640 PS racing car in the portfolio is particularly aimed at gentleman drivers.