2008 Audi A4 DTM R14

Emerging from within the framework of the relatively restrictive DTM regulations is a new car which will have a new outer skin and new aerodynamics. The development started in June 2007 immediately after Audi’s latest victory in the 24-hour race at Le Mans. Components of the new A4 DTM, named “R14” internally, have already been tested successfully. The roll-out of the 2008 car will be held before the New Year. An extensive test programme then follows before the first race at the Hockenheimring on 13 April.

“Quite obviously the target in the DTM is to make a successful title defence,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. “The new A4 road car is a big step forwards and it had already won many benchmark tests and important awards before its market launch. We will do everything possible to put a race car on the track that will do justice to the production car’s reputation.”

While Audi goes head-to-head again with Mercedes-Benz in the DTM, the Audi R10 TDI’s main opponent will be Peugeot. “We are sure that Peugeot will make a big step forward in its second season and are expecting a hard fight at Le Mans,” says Dr Ullrich. “Generally, with such an extensive programme, the 2008 season will be an enormous challenge for Audi Sport. However, Audi has never been shy of a challenge.”
Story by Audi Kommunikation Motorsport

In Detail

typeRacing Car
engine90º V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrain4 Valves per Cyl
displacement4000 cc / 244.09 in³
power343 kw / 460 bhp
specific output115.0 bhp per litre
bhp/weight438.1 bhp per tonne
torque500 nm / 368.8 ft lbs
body / frameSteel Space Frame
driven wheelsRWD w/Adj Multi-Disc LSD
wheel typeO.Z. Forged Aluminum
front tires265/660-R18 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx,
rear tires280/660-R18 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx,
front brakesVentilated Carbon Fiber Discs
rear brakesVentilated Carbon Fiber Discs
front wheelsF 45.7 x 25.4 cm / 18 x 10 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18 x 11 in
steeringRack & Pinoin w/Servo Assist
f suspensionA-Arms w/Inboard Spring/Damper Unit, Adj Gas Dampers
r suspensionA-Arms w/Inboard Spring/Damper Unit, Adj Gas Dampers
curb weight1050 kg / 2315 lbs
length4800 mm / 189 in
width1850 mm / 72.8 in
height1200 mm / 47.2 in
transmission6-Speed Sequential
tran clutch3-plate CFRP
fuel capacity70 litres or 18.48 gal.