Have you ever seen a race car and instantly KNOW it's going to become a slot car? Well the new Audi R8 GT3 is one of those cars. I guess it's just a question of which slot manufacture will be first? The GT series is of key interest to Scalextric, SCX and Ninco, my money is on Scalextric releasing the R8 GT3 first. I was watching the European GT Championship on the weekend and watched the R8 carve up the field, Audi have put together a very competitive platform. Judging by how much Audi loves winning Le Mans, perhaps next year we may even have a expanded GT1 field at Le Mans.
This from Audi Sport; "For the first time, Audi Sport will offer a racing sports car specifically developed for customer use in the form of the powerful 500 hp plus GT3 version of the Audi R8 which will be available from autumn 2009. The logistics and factory space required for the AUDI AG customer programme will be created over the next few months in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm and Gyr.”The R8 is the first production Audi bearing the name and genes of a successful racing sportscar and is therefore an excellent base from which to build up our first big customer sport programme, explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. “Ever since the R8 was unveiled weve been inundated with enquiries about a race version. With the Audi R8 we will offer customers a racing sportscar equipped with high-calibre technology and the typical Audi qualities, but which is nevertheless easy to handle. The Audi R8 conforms to the production-based GT3 regulations allowing the car to be fielded in numerous national and international race series."
You can read more about the R8 on the Autostrada Website Here