“With the #audi Sport Performance Parts we are tapping into a new business segment,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of #audi Sport GmbH. “Our wealth of experience garnered over many years of building sports cars is incorporated into every component we offer. Along with our expertise from motor racing, which is still the best test bed for volume production.”
As part of the sales launch of the retrofit range in late summer 2017, the #product lineup will initially be available in Germany and other markets for the current #audi #r8 and #audi #tt models (TT, TTS [combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 6.7*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 173 – 155] and #tt RS [combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.5 – 8.2*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 194 – 187*]) only. Additional model series will follow gradually. The #audi Sport performance parts cover four areas to date: suspension, exhaust system, exterior and interior.
For suspension requirements, the range covers sport brake linings, which are more powerful and less prone to fading than standard brake linings. Linings are available for steel discs and for the optional ceramic brakes. Their carrying plates are painted in fluorescent red and are made out of ultralight titanium on the #audi #r8, making this model a kilogram (2.2 lb)lighter overall.
Steel front brake discs with multiple bolt mountings are available for the #audi #tt RS. Various brake cooling kits can be obtained for the #audi #tt, TTS and #tt RS. They help the compact athlete achieve even better braking performance.
A two- or three-way coilover suspension is available for the #audi #tt models and both #audi #r8 variants. The fully milled, black 20-inch wheels – for all #r8 and #tt models too – are also taken straight from motor racing. They reduce weight by up to 7.2 kilograms (15.9 lb) on the #audi #tt and up to 8 kilograms (17.6 lb) on the #audi #r8. The associated sport tires come in the sizes 245/30 R20 (R8, front) and 305/30 R20 (R8, rear); 255/30 R20 tires are fitted all round on the #audi #tt. For the #tt coupés with quattro drive, the retrofit range includes a cross-member reinforcement bar on the rear axle. It improves rigidity and makes handling even more precise. #audi #tt RS owners can also subsequently increase their car’s top speed to 280 km/h (174.0 mph).
The specialist supplier of exhaust systems, Akrapovic d.d., has designed a sonorous, ultralight muffler made of titanium including trims specifically for the #audi TTS and the #audi #tt RS.
The most spectacular offers in the #audi Sport performance parts are the Aero kits, which were developed in the #audi wind tunnel. For the #audi #r8 and the #audi #tt they add clear-cut highlights on the front air inlets, the side sills and the diffuser. They also substantially improve downforce: On the #audi #r8 the downforce is 250 kg (551.2 lb) at 330 km/h (205.1 mph), an increase of over 100 kg (220.5 lb). The effect at 150 km/h (93.2 mph) is even more pronounced – the downforce is doubled at this speed to 52 kg (114.6 lb) thanks to the Aero kit. There is also a splitter and flics at the front as well as a large fixed rear wing. An engine hood with large air vent is also available for the #audi #tt. All parts are made out of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the #audi #r8 and for the #audi #tt out of CFRP and plastic; all of them feature the #audi Sport logo.
Attractive parts for the interior round off the range. A sport contour steering wheel with multifunction plus is available for the #audi #r8 and for the #audi #tt; its Alcantara-trimmed rim features a red 12 o’clock marking. CFRP shift paddles are available for the models fitted with seven-speed S tronic. #audi Sport has developed a strut cross brace specifically for the #tt – also made out of CFRP. It replaces the rear seats, reduces the weight by some 20 kilograms (44.1 lb) and enhances the torsional rigidity. The brace improves handling particularly when cornering at speed.