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

type Racing Car
engine 90º V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 4000 cc / 244.09 in³
power 343 kw / 460 bhp
specific output 115.0 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 438.1 bhp per tonne
torque 500 nm / 368.8 ft lbs
body / frame Steel Space Frame
driven wheels RWD w/Adj Multi-Disc LSD
wheel type O.Z. Forged Aluminum
front tires 265/660-R18 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx,
rear tires 280/660-R18 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx,
front brakes Ventilated Carbon Fiber Discs
rear brakes Ventilated Carbon Fiber Discs
front wheels F 45.7 x 25.4 cm / 18 x 10 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18 x 11 in
steering Rack & Pinoin w/Servo Assist
f suspension A-Arms w/Inboard Spring/Damper Unit, Adj Gas Dampers
r suspension A-Arms w/Inboard Spring/Damper Unit, Adj Gas Dampers
curb weight 1050 kg / 2315 lbs
length 4800 mm / 189 in
width 1850 mm / 72.8 in
height 1200 mm / 47.2 in
transmission 6-Speed Sequential
tran clutch 3-plate CFRP
fuel capacity 70 litres or 18.48 gal.