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BY: Bix

Audi Supercar Project Called "Scorpion," Will Rock You Like A Hurricane

And pack a really potent turbodiesel V6.

Audi's R18 Le Mans race car-based supercar project is apparently proceeding at a steady clip, under the code-name "Scorpion." We assume this is entirely in homage to the German rock band best known for their 1984 hit, "Rock You Like A Hurricane." Which, now that we've mentioned it, will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
March 21, 2013 at 03:07 PM
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BY: Bix

Automobile Magazine Renders New Audi Supercar, Steals Our Pics

Because rendering cars from scratch is just too darn hard.

There's been a whole bunch of talk lately that Audi is planning a new supercar to slot into the range above the R8—talk that Audi R&D boss Wolfgang Dürheimer was happy to encourage during the Detroit Auto Show, when he spoke to both Car and Driver and Motor Trend about it. It would be "a straight-forward derivative of the [R18] race car," he told C&D, meaning the discussion revolves around a car motivated by a hybrid diesel-electric powerplant with all-wheel-drive putting the might to the road.

But Automobile Magazine, the publication a former 0-60 EIC once described as "The People Magazine of car mags," is one step ahead of everyone. Not only do they claim to have the inside scoop on the R18-based super sports car, they claim to know enough about it to have commissioned renderings, which show the car's rumored R18-style front grille and headlamps, its full-length tailfin, and other go-fast features designed to make it into a Lamborghini Aventador-fighter (in a friendly sort of way):

Wait a second...that last picture, can we see that again?

Now, can we flip it?

Son of a bitch...that's one of the pictures of the Koenigsegg Agera James Lipman shot for us for the Winter 2011 issue of 0-60!

And no credit given, either. That's just rude.

The Audi R18-based super sports car will reportedly pack 550 horses of diesel power, and an extra 150 horses of electric motivation. It should be revealed around 2015 or so. Hopefully, it'll look more like an R8 and less like they just Photoshopped a Koenigsegg.

January 17, 2013 at 07:18 PM
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BY: Bix

R18 e-tron Salutes Audi's Badass Racing History (w/Video)

It's all about the quattro.

From the Auto Union race cars of the 1930s to the Le Mans prototypes of the 21st Century, Audi has a racing legacy many manufacturers would kill for. But their greatest contribution to the realm of automotive competition can be boiled down to one word: quattro.
March 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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BY: Bix

Audi's R18 Le Mans Car Is An AWD Hybrid Turbodiesel Speed Machine

Because quattro.

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Gotta give Audi credit, because their 2012 LMP1-class contender combines three technologies most car companies wouldn't squish together, even in the focus-group-free world of racing: all-wheel-drive, hybrid drive, and a turbodiesel engine. Hey, if this year's Le Mans car doesn't work out, they could always make one hell of an SUV out of the leftovers.

February 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
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BY: Bix

Audi's Moving 2011 Le Mans Epic (w/Video)

Who'd have though being top dog could be so inspiring?

Let's face it, it's later afternoon in the middle of the work week, and you could use a break. Just a quick one—fifteen minutes, tops—but you need a little time to decompress. So we say, kick back and enjoy this 14 minute video Audi put together to celebrate their recent victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
July 06, 2011 at 06:30 PM
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