Audi Sport is combating to make sure the V10 stays an integral a part of the next-generation R8, regardless of the rising probability the flagship supercar will go all-electric in its subsequent era.
Chatting with Autocar on the current Nurburgring 24-hour race, Audi Sport managing director Oliver Hoffmann recommended there was a powerful need to see the free-revving, naturally-aspirated engine dwell on within the third-generation R8.
Nonetheless, more and more stringent emissions laws and a broader transfer in the direction of electrification make such an engine more and more troublesome to justify. Hoffmann defined there’s a must not solely establish what kind of drivetrain can be most acceptable for such automobiles, but additionally which engines could be finest suited to electrification.
“The V10 is an icon, and a USP inside the phase,” he stated. “ With the present R8, our clients love this automobile. We’re combating for the V10, however [for the next-generation] it’s kind of a query of ICE or electrification, and which type of engine is helpful for it.”
Autocar has reported beforehand that the third-generation R8, understood to be arriving in 2022, can be all-electric, and would doubtlessly mark the top for using the V10 by the agency.
Nonetheless, with different manufacturers inside the Volkswagen Group – most notably Lamborghini – reportedly dedicated to continued use of the V10, probably in hybrid kind, it’s potential we’ll see limited-run V10 variations of the brand new R8 provided alongside a mainstream electrical mannequin.
Hoffmann stated: “Lamborghini has to have a naturally-aspirated engine, no different model stands for NA like Lamborghini.
“We’re working very shut with the blokes from Sant’Agata. The one method to develop such sorts of automobiles is to share the fee for growth work and to have a really, very powerful platform technique.
“The [current] Lamborghini Huracan is predicated on the R8 platform, and this helps us – along with Lamborghini, with Porsche, with all of the sporty manufacturers in our group – to share the event prices.”
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Hoffman recommended that extra “excessive” variations of the present R8 had been a probability. “Now we have some good concepts for a extra excessive R8,” he stated. “We all know the highly effective exterior design of our racing automobile is wonderful. Folks need to drive this on the road.”
He added that “pedestrian security” points, versus any lack of inner assist, had been one of many challenges his engineers would wish to beat earlier than such a mannequin can roll into manufacturing.
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