Audi is celebrating its motorsport success by creating a limited edition model called the Selection 24h. And yes, just 24 are being built.
It’s a pretty cool way to pay homage to the R8 LMS GT3’s 323 race wins since 2009; the special edition – painted Suzuka gray with mythos black and Misano red trim - features the same 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 as the standard R8 Plus, and makes 610 horsepower (it has newly developed quattro drive which sends power between both sets of wheels) and can hit 100kph from rest in a blistering 3.2 seconds. It’ll have a technical package which includes dynamic steering, the adaptive damper control system, not to mention Audi’s magnetic ride and those piercing laser lighting.
The new front spoiler is made out of carbon fibre as are the wing mirror housings, the engine compartment cover, the rear wing and the diffuser which gets a gloss-finish. The sideblades too are made of the magic weave and have a matte-finish with the “R8 24h” logo. Out back are a set of black tailpipes while it rides on a set of 10-spoke 20in forged aluminium wheels painted gloss anthracite black.
As for the interior, Audi gives the special edition a full-leather upholstery with an Alcantara headliner while the air vents have been made out of CFRP with a shiny gloss-finish. There’s also a smattering of “R8 24h” logos in there. Proof of exclusivity lies in the illuminated door sills (made out of gloss-finish carbon fibre) which display the serial numbers 1 to 24 for each of the rare supercars.
Not a bad way to mark 13 overall wins in the last 15 years in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the success in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race last year and other successes at Spa-Francorchamps alongside a class victory in Daytona too.