If Audi’s current R8 LMS
racer is too extreme for you, the automaker from Ingolstadt, more specifically, its quattro GmbH performance division together with Raeder Motorsports, has announced that a slightly tamer five-cylinder TT RS race car is now ready for sale.
We’ve already seen the TT RS race car in testing
, including during June’s Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race where it took a class win in the SP4T class, but now the car can be ordered by customer teams all around the world, effective immediately.
Unlike the production 2012 Audi TT RS
on which it’s based, the TT RS race car features a front-wheel drive layout.
While this may seem like a hindrance for racing, the car managed to take the first pole position of a front-wheel drive vehicle in the history of Germany’s VLN endurance race series during an event in August, and then went on to take overall victory ahead of rivals with higher power ratings.
The key to its performance is a unique body designed by Audi to supply high downforce. But downforce is not the only thing that helps to put the power on the road. An adjustable racing suspension kit is also fitted, as is a sequential six-speed racing transmission with paddle shifters.
The engine featured is the same turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder mill from the production TT RS, with output hovering around 350 horsepower.
Pricing is set at 180,000 euros, which is about $253,234 at current exchange rates.