At the Essen show, Audi is premiering its TT Cup prototype. The Audi TT Cup is an attractive race car that benefits from the technological innovations of the production version, particularly in terms of lightweight design. The racer’s lightweight body is based on the 3rd-generation TT that comprises a mix of aluminum and steel; the next evolutionary stage of the Audi Space Frame (ASF). From the front, LED headlights give the race car a distinctive face, and the rear has that black massive GT wing.
Lightweight and Audi Space Frame are buzz words for the Audi TT Cup racer
Weighing in at just 1,125 kilograms, the TT Cup’s aluminium and carbon fiber bodyshell is much ligther than it looks. Maximum safety and stiffness is provided by a steel roll cage that has been specifically designed for the Audi TT cup and is welded to the body.
A 2.0-liter 310 hp TFSI powerplant is incorporated for the TT Cup, with a push-to-pass function to boost the engine’s output by another 30 hp for a little while. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a direct-shift dual-clutch transmission. The six-speed S tronic, which has been specifically tuned for use in racing, is operated by shift paddles on the steering wheel. Accordingly, the Audi TT cup only has two pedals, for gas and the brake.
Various highlights for the racer include electronically adjustable LSD, a high-resolution central color display, key switches on steering, PS1 safety seat, adopted from the Audi R8 LMS ultra, and a mandatory fire extinguisher.
In terms of aerodynamics, the Audi TT cup is a genuine GT sports car as well. A large front splitter provides downforce at the front axle, balanced at the rear axle by a rear wing with a long rearward projection. Optimized cooling ducts are also implemented for the Audi TT Cup machine.
The Audi TT Cup has rolled out at Castelloli in early October and is expected to go into action at the first race in the second quarter of next year. The TT is also slated to complete the intensive test program on various European race tracks, including a 30-hour endurance test.
DTM plans to steal the show at Essen Motor show
For the Essen MS, the DTM booth spans 800 square-meter at hall 3 and features lots of exciting action, information and everything DTM at your fingertips. Quite obviously, the 460bhp racers of the BMW M4 DTM, Mercedes C-Coupe and Audi RS5 DTM are the main attractions. On the two weekends of the fair, three drivers representing the participating marques are scheduled to meet the media, guests and fans for interview and autograph sessions.
In addition, the DTM exhibit area is probably the ‘fun-est’ booth of all at the Essen MS. Check out the DTM Experience game consoles at the booth, where visitors have the chance to compete with groups or just one other rival, and on the two weekends of the fair, the winners even have the opportunity to battle it out with one of the DTM drivers on site. Besides, the Carrera slot-racing circuit also should represent a major attraction as it also offers the opportunity to win give-aways, tickets for the 2015 DTM season and more…