This so-called Audi R8 “Transformer” was built by four aspiring automotive engineers in just four weeks and is meant to showcase the link between Audi’s motorsport and production cars.
As you can see, the entire passenger side is derived from a standard Audi R8 Coupe V10 plus, whereas the driver’s side comes from the R8 LMS race car.
The R8 V10 plus boasts 610 PS and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, before maxing out at 330 km/h (205 mph).
On the other hand, the R8 LMS comes with a modified version of the V10 plus’ 5.2-liter V10, putting down 585 PS (577 HP) with the help of a new six-speed sequential transmission. The LMS also features a 39% increase in frame rigidity, a lighter chassis and an intelligent material mix that dropped its weight to no more than 1,225 kg (2,700 lbs).
In comparison, the R8 V10 plus weighs 1,630 kg (3,593 lbs), so you can probably imagine just how quick the race car is around a track compared to the road car – which is extraordinarily fast in its own right.
The build is currently on display at the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm.
Photos: Daniel Thullner