Sebring inauguration for Audi UK R8 racing car which proved the road-worthiness of FSI direct petrol injection.
- Audi UK-owned R8 sports car to contest 2003 Sebring and Le Mans endurance races
- 3.6-litre, 600bhp (approx) R8 features FSI direct petrol injection technology to maximise performance and fuel economy
- FSI technology has been adopted by road-going A2 and A4 FSI models
Like the turbocharged 3.6-litre, 600bhp R8 racer, the A2 FSI (£13,895 - £14,895) variable compact and A4 FSI saloon and Avant (£19,565 - £20,695) feature an advanced high-pressure common rail injection system which directs fuel into the cylinders far more efficiently than conventional injection technology. This maximised efficiency allows these sophisticated engines to combine the performance and refinement of a petrol unit with fuel economy and low CO2 emissions normally associated with diesel-powered cars.
This year, 60 cars and over 150 drivers will vie for honours around the 3.77-mile Sebring road racing circuit where Johnny Herbert won for Audi 12 months ago. They follow in the footsteps of Stirling Moss, the first Briton to win at Sebring back in 1954.Published 2 March 2003