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Audi is melding together that which is good about its Le Mans prowess with that which is fine in its consumer cars to come up with a post-R8 halo supercar that will do battle with such hyper-rides as the Ferrari F70, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the McLaren P1.

Talking about such melding, Audi’s Wolfgang Dürheimer said in a recent written statement, “The victories on the world’s race tracks underscore our technical expertise in a particularly authentic way – and they strengthen our position on the most important world markets.”

At the recent 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Dürheimer was overheard as having said that the hypercar, codenamed R20, will, if it makes it to production, be perched atop Audi’s fine line of production cars. Though nothing has been officially released, industry insiders believe that the R20 will contain technology made for the all-wheel-drive R18 E-Tron Quattro racecar that is powered by a turbo-diesel V-6 with a flywheel-based kinetic energy storage system.

Also check out Ben Jerew’s post on new and upcoming hybrid supercars.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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