Audi had announced earlier this summer that their one of a kind R8 sports car would debut as the safety car for the DTM touring car championship. Audi's performance team prepared two of their R8s for the German racing series. The second car acted as a "racing taxi" but because the R8 possesses the "genes of a perfect sports car," little was modified on the Audi R8.
The pair of R8 supporting vehicles made their debut at the Norisring Speed Weekend where the Mercedes-Benz beat out the Audi's new A4 DTM with an outstanding 1 & 2 finish! Audi did have a podium appearance taking 3rd.
The Norisring race track in Nuremberg has eight turns, four of them being major direction changing turns and is the only street race in the DTM.
[Source: Audi Motorsport]
- Audi R8 is new safety car at the DTM debut
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Début for Audi R8 racing taxi
Ingolstadt/Nürnberg – Double début at the Norisring in Nuremberg: This weekend, the Audi R8 will be used as the official DTM safety car for the first time – and as a racing taxi as well.
quattro GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of AUDI AG handed over two of the 420-hp mid-engine sports cars to the German Motorsport Association (DMSB) on the occasion of the "Norisring Speed Weekend". The two Audi R8 cars were prepared specifically for use as safety cars by quattro GmbH at the Neckarsulm plant. "There were not many modifications required, though, because the R8 possesses the genes of a perfect sports car," says Werner Frowein, managing director of quattro GmbH.
Another Audi R8 was carefully prepared by quattro GmbH for use as a racing taxi.
(For more information on the Audi R8, see the review by: Motor Trend )