2000 Audi R8

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Text copyright Michael J. Fuller

The 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. 

Certain archetypal 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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2000 Audi R8 Specifications
Designer: Aerodynamics: Michael Pfadenhauer
Chassis:  Wolfgang Appel
Engine:  Ulrich Baretzky
Layout: Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Monocoque: Carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb monocoque
Engine: 3600 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)
Engine management: Bosch MS 2.8
Horsepower: 610 hp
Torque: 516 lb-ft.
Gearbox: Sequential 6-speed sports gearbox built by Ricardo
Clutch: CFC clutch
Differential: Multiple-disc limited slip differential
Driveshafts: Constant-velocity plunging tripod joint
Steering: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
Suspension: Independent suspension at front and rear. Double-wishbone suspension. Pushrod system with horizontal spring/damper unit, adjustable gas-filled shock absorbers
Brakes: Hydraulic dual-circuit brake system, monobloc light-alloy brake calipers, ventilated carbon fiber brake discs at front and rear, brake force distribution, driver adjustable
Wheels: O.Z. forged magnesium rims
Front: 13.5 x 18 inches
Rear: 14.5 x 18 inches
Tires: Michelin Radial
Front: 33/65-18
Rear: 36/71-18
Length: 4650 mm
Width: 1980 mm
Height: 1080 mm
Wheelbase: 2730 mm
Front Overhang: 900 mm
Rear Overhang: 1020 mm
Weight: 906 kgs (2000 Le Mans average)
Tank capacity: 90 liters
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