- Audi R8 LMS Cup to launch in China in the 2012 season
- 16 vehicles of the proven customer sport race car on the grid
- Audi Sport customer racing China to co-ordinate the Cup
Audi Sport customer racing will be present in the world’s largest sales market. Starting in 2012, the Audi R8 LMS Cup as an exclusive one-make racing series will underscore the company’s leading position in the premium segment in China. Audi Sport customer racing China will be responsible for the operational activities.
In 2012, Audi is setting a milestone in China’s still young motorsport tradition. The world’s first exclusive one-make cup for the Audi R8 LMS will be held in the fast- growing Chinese market. In October, with a growth rate of 61.7 percent compared to the same period of the prior year, Audi experienced a new record month in China. The next top performance followed in November, reflecting a 68.8 percent increase compared to the same prior-year month.
The R8 LMS GT3 race car with a power output of 411 kW will be competing at five events, including the internationally renowned circuits at Shanghai and Zhuhai, starting in the second quarter of 2012. Plans are for 16 vehicles of Audi’s customer sport model to be fielded in the one-make cup. The cars correspond to the GT3 version that has scored more than 100 international victories and 13 titles and feature the new Audi PS 1 safety seat as factory-supplied equipment. “The Audi R8 LMS Cup puts our motorsport activities in China on a permanent basis,” says Rene Koneberg, Head of Audi Sport customer racing China. “Audi was a pioneer in the premium vehicle market in China. Now we want to give motor racing in this country a similar impulse.”
Audi Sport customer racing China will be responsible for organizing the one-make cup. This new structure experienced an extremely impressive debut. At the finale of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) at Zhuhai the race team celebrated a one-two victory in the GTC class with the Audi R8 LMS. A week later, at the Macau GT Cup, Edoardo Mortara won an extremely challenging city street race in an Audi R8 LMS fielded by the team.
Audi through its Audi race experience China opens up the opportunity to contest races in professional conditions to the motorsport enthusiasts among its customers. The complete packages available to gentlemen drivers include everything a racer needs, from license training and the ready-to-run race car through to the organizational structure.
Audi expects to deliver more than 300,000 vehicles in China in fiscal year 2011. The company is the market leader in the premium segment. “China has meanwhile become a kind of second home to Audi,” says Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Managing Director of Audi China. “By entering motorsport we aim to start proving ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ on the race tracks of this dynamic country as well.”
Take one Audi R8 V10 and add a Super Charger, exhaust mods and a remapped ECU.
The result is over 700hp (530kw) which is a 35% increase in power over the standard V10.
Full Graph of Power and Torque improvements as well as press release after the jump
I have been a car fan since I was a child.
I think it all started when my father used to give me model cars when ever he went away on business. He was also car fan so I think that rubbed off on to me
A few months ago I shot the HSV Clubsport R8 sedan which was a great fun car, so when the opportunity to drive and photograph a Tourer version of the Clubsport, I jumped at it. The Tourer is the wagon version of the sedan.
I only had the car overnight and in the mid of winter the weather isn’t always the best, and on this night in particular it started ok but no sooner did I get to the first photo location that the heavens opened and it poured with rain.
So at this first location I only shot a couple of angles as it was really starting to pour.
To continue with the shoot I need to get me and the car out of the rain, so we headed to one of the multistory car parks I use in Docklands to finish the shoot under cover.
Because of it being night and the car park isn’t overly well lit, I used my trusty Nikon SB800’s to light the car.
They helped a whole lot and the images came out quite well
Using the flash’s can give you some great intense lighting results as you can see above
Using some HDR work I got a nice interior shot also.
I would love to have had longer with the car but time just didn’t allow
The rest of the images are here
My photography of the Holden HSV Clubsport R8 has finally gone live on the TMR website, link is below
I picked up a new client recently, The Motor Report, an Australian automotive blog site. This came through my association with another blog site http://www.gtrblog.com
My first job for them was a complete photo shoot of the new HSV Clubsport R8.
I was lucky enough to be able to collect the car the night before the shoot, which gave me the opportunity to photograph the car at dawn
I have wanted to shoot a car at dawn for a long time but time has never really allowed for it.
The light at that time of the morning is just perfect for photography. The glow in the sky is just perfect to work with
This location below I have used before, but at night. So I wanted to go back and try it during the day.
It is a nice location and works very well with the color of the R8.
For a very long period of time I have wanted to try a new piece of equipment that I had bought. The shoot with the R8 was the perfect opportunity to use it.
It is a part of rig system that I use to photograph cars in motion, from outside of the car.
I generally use car parks as the locations for this kind of photography, lots of room to work and the light is dark enough to get the right result.
Last location of the day was for moving action shots. I use an old rail yard for this as its nice and long and lots of room
The rest of my images from the shoot are here