Audi is increasing its motorsport presence by launching the Audi Sport TT Cup, which will form part of the supporting cast for the 2015 DTM season.
Based on the new TT, the race-prepped version weighs 1125kg and has 228kW on offer from its 2.0 litre turbocharged engine. A “push to pass” button provides a limited power boost of an additional 22kW.
A grid of 24 cars is planned for the one-make series, with 18 seats now up for grabs. The remaining six cars will be made available to guest drivers.
Audi driver Markus Winkelhock will be on hand to coach the drivers if need be. He’s been involved in testing for the new TT racer and said: “The Audi TT cup is a genuine race car, ideal for rookies, yet challenging to drive. You immediately feel that you’re sitting in an Audi and recognise the close kinship with the brandâ€™s other race cars.”
Audi says the winner of the TT Cup could progress to the company’s GT3 program and possibly then onto DTM or WEC.
Audi to launch racing series for the new TT
- Audi Sport TT Cup from 2015 in DTM environment
- Attractive race car for beginners and drivers switching from other series
- Prof. Dr. Hackenberg: â€œThe TT is going to thrill fans and driversâ€
Ingolstadt, 2014-10-17 â€“ With a dedicated racing series for the Audi TT* the brand with the four rings will be offering a new opportunity to enter the companyâ€™s successful motorsport world. The Audi Sport TT Cup will be held as part of the DTM starting in the 2015 season. This means that, following the successful introduction of the Audi R8 LMS Cup in Asia, Audi is launching another one-make cup in Germany next year. The racing version of the new Audi TT with a weight of only 1,125 kilograms delivers 228 kW (310 hp). By means of a so-called push-to-pass function the output of the two-liter TFSI engine can be briefly boosted by 22 kW (30 hp).
â€œThe Audi TT is an icon and continues to epitomize powerful sportiness and emotional design in what is now its third generation,â€ says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of Audiâ€™s Board of Management for Technical Development. â€œFor me it was clear that a driving machine like the new Audi TT belongs on the race track as well. With the Audi Sport TT Cup we have found an exciting approach. The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers.â€
In the 2015 season, at each of six DTM events in Germany and neighboring countries, two races of the Audi Sport TT Cup are planned. quattro GmbH will centrally prepare and field the 24 cars. Six cockpits will be reserved for changing guest drivers, while interested drivers can apply worldwide for the other 18 places on the grid at www.audi-motorsport.com effective immediately. The multi-stage selection process will take place in close cooperation with the Audi driving experience.
Markus Winkelhock will be on hand to coach the participants of the Audi Sport TT Cup as an experienced professional race driver. The former Audi DTM driver and winner of this yearâ€™s 24-hour races at the NÃ¼rburgring and at Spa has already tested the TT cup. His impression: â€œThe Audi TT cup is a genuine race car, ideal for rookies, yet challenging to drive. You immediately feel that youâ€™re sitting in an Audi and recognize the close kinship with the brandâ€™s other race cars.â€
The extremely light body of the third TT generation with its intelligent material mix of steel and aluminum provides an ideal base for a race car. The four-cylinder TFSI and the six-speed S tronic were adopted from the production model nearly unchanged. An active differential that is electronically variable from the cockpit ensures optimal traction at the front axle.
â€œWith the TT cup we offer an attractive race car for beginners and drivers who switch from other racing series,â€ says Heinz Hollerweger, Managing Director of quattro GmbH. â€œIt goes without saying that for Audi safety is of paramount importance. Weâ€™re using features from the Audi R8 LMS ultra, such as the Audi PS1 Safety Seat.â€
The winner of the new Audi Sport TT Cup can look forward to receiving support in Audiâ€™s successful GT3 sports car program. A subsequent promotion to the DTM or the WEC with Audi is another dream of many young race drivers. â€œAudi fully concentrated on top-flight racing for a long time,â€ says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. â€œThe Audi R8 LMS in 2008 was the first race car we specifically developed for use by customer teams. With the Audi Sport TT Cup, quattro GmbH now also offers the opportunity to enter racing with Audi.â€
Fuel consumption of the models named above:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5â€“4.2**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174â€“110**
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5â€“6.9**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174â€“159**
** The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.