copyright Greg Cooper, James
CK, Bob Nelson,
Urbano, and Michael
2000 Audi R8 is a complete revamp of last year's R8R.
Audi has left no stone unturned. Last year's chassis helped prove
out the LMP concept as well as the major components. But this year's
R8 bears little resemblance, and out side of the engine configuration,
little carries over.
features drive the R8's appearance. The high nose is in deference
to the raised footbox that provides for a more ample front undertray.
The longtail allows for more adjustability with Le Mans performance in
mind. The high sided appearance of the monocoque gives the driver
maximum protection while the low waisted bodywork either side reduces frontal
area. Notice how the bodywork between the front wheels has been essentially
melted over the front suspension, the car's maximum rebound setting the
minimum height for the bodywork in that area.
Audi has produced
a thoroughly detailed machine. This was further witnessed at Le Mans
when the Joest Team was able to complete an entire swap of the rear end
of the car in just over 4 minutes. But there is no one "trick" item
that differentiates the Audi from its competitors, it is the subtle
details that make the difference...
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||Carbon fiber and aluminum
cc V8, turbo-charged, 90 degree cylinder angle, 4 valves per cylinder,
2 Garrett turbo-chargers; to comply with the rules 2 x 32.4 mm air restrictors,
and boost pressure restriction to 1.67 bars (absolute)
6-speed sports gearbox built by Ricardo
limited slip differential
plunging tripod joint
suspension at front and rear. Double-wishbone suspension. Pushrod system
with horizontal spring/damper unit, adjustable gas-filled shock absorbers
dual-circuit brake system, monobloc light-alloy brake calipers, ventilated
carbon fiber brake discs at front and rear, brake force distribution, driver
forged magnesium rims
13.5 x 18 inches
14.5 x 18 inches
kgs (2000 Le Mans average)
2002, Michael J. Fuller