The Future Audi R8 Will Be 60 Kilograms Lighter
|   Monday, December 02, 2013
Audi is already working on the second generation of the R8, scheduled to come to markets in the next 12 or 18 months. Although the old recipe will be kept, Audi prefers more of an evolution, so there will be significant differences between the current model and the future generation. The first difference will be related to the total weight of the supercar, significantly improved.

Ulrich Hackenberg, the man who is leading the Audi research and development department revealed at Los Angeles Auto Show that the German engineers have taken seriously the reduction of the total mass, and promise a future R8 model lighter by up to 60 kilograms compared with the current model.


Although it does not seem much, it is enough to positively influence the performance and fuel consumption. In addition, engineers find it difficult to obtain a smaller total mass because the current model already benefits from a light structure made of aluminum. To get rid of several kilograms, Audi would have been forced to move to a completely new platform, more expensive, built entirely from carbon fiber.

Until they adopt the complete solution, those responsible at Audi chose a compromise solution named multiple materials strategy. It involves the replacement of aluminum structural elements with carbon fiber elements. More specifically, the Germans will use the lighter material but quite expensive at floor level and central tunnel. Basically, they implement technological innovations introduced by the Audi R8 e-tron, the electric version of the supercar.

If all goes according to plan, the future R8 would enjoy a total weight limited to 1,500 kg.
The R8's debut is expected no sooner than in the beginning of 2015.
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