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Race cars for the ridiculously rich

 Audi Sport is for those who just want a car for the track or team owners who want to go racing in the GT3 series.

The powerful 372kW plus GT3 version of the Audi R8 will be available next year.

Audi Motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich said Audi had been “inundated” with inquiries about an R8 race version since the car was released.

“With the Audi R8 we will offer customers a racing sportscar equipped with high-calibre technology and the typical Audi qualities, but which is nevertheless easy to handle,” he said.

The Audi R8 conforms to the production-based GT3 regulations, allowing the car to be fielded in numerous national and international race series.

Because the GT3 regulations prohibit the use of four-wheel-drive, the Audi R8 comes with the typical GT rear-wheel-drive.

The power is transmitted via a newly developed six-speed sequential sports gearbox. The suspension is almost entirely built with components from the production line.

The list of safety equipment guarantees the highest level of passive safety. A modified front end and a large rear wing generate the required downforce for the racetrack.

The Audi R8, which bears the project name “R16”, was developed under the direction of Audi Sport.

The first prototype has completed a roll-out in the hands of Audi factory driver Frank Biela.

The first test races in various European racing series are scheduled for the 2009 season.