It seems like he automotive world must be revealing their GT4 race cars alphabetically, as Aston Martin and Audi have both disclosed their racers in the last week.
Unveiled at the DTM race in Shanghai, the car seen here is technically a concept, but the version rich people (specifically, Audi is looking to those wealthy folks in Europe and Asia) will be able to purchase in 2012 should look very similar to it. A 335 horsepower TFSI engine powers the car, connected to a S Tronic transmission; a roll cage and race-ready fuel tank help prepare the TT for racing, while the hood, doors and trunk lid are made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic to bring down the weight. If you’re interested in picking one up, prepare to slap down about $157,000.
Audi presents GT4 concept
• Audi TT for club sport
• Demo laps by Frank Biela at the DTM in Shanghai
• Asia is an important market
On the occasion of the DTM race in Shanghai, Audi presented the concept of a GT4 car based on the Audi TT. The TT, developed by the Technical Development and the Production divisions plus quattro GmbH, is intended to extend Audi’s new modular customer sport program from 2012 forward.
With the production-based TT GT4, Audi wants to offer potential customers a base option for affordable motorsport. The vehicle’s platform is a motorsport body with a roll-over cage, a safety-optimized fuel tank box and further modifications which will be identical for all future customer sport versions. The Audi TT is equipped with a TFSI engine delivering about 250 kW (340 hp). The front apron, rear apron and the rear wing stem from the production Audi TT RS. The hood, doors and trunk lid are made of CFRP and the windows of plastic. The TT is fitted with a S-tronic transmission with a differential lock, a modified production suspension with adjustable dampers, plus 9.5 x 18 inch light alloy wheels.
The Audi TT GT4 is planned to sell for about 120,000 euros. Audi is not only targeting Europe but also the Asian market. On the occasion of the DTM race in Shanghai the Audi TT is being launched in the Chinese market as well.
The five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela did some demo laps in the new Audi TT on the street circuit in Shanghai. Other cars that could be seen in action in Shanghai as well were the SP4T version of the TT RS and the Audi R8 LMS.