First Ever 'British' Audi R8 In USA Race Debut Powered By FSI Technology

Audi R8 Racing Car


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
For the first time in Audi history, a British-owned R8 sports car operated by Audi UK is going endurance racing, starting its career on March 15th at the annual Sebring 12-hour race in Florida, USA, before going for gold in the famous Le Mans 24-hour on the 14th and 15th of June. At the wheel of the Audi Sport UK R8 will be British duo Perry McCarthy and Jonny Kane, along with former Grand Prix driver Mika Salo, of Finland.

The all-conquering Audi R8 is today's most successful sports racing car, with three consecutive victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) already to its credit. Its staying power during these gruelling marathons has been greatly enhanced by FSI engine technology proven to maximise performance and running time between fuel stops, and now also available in road-going A2 and A4 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 Melanie Carter

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