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Christopher Bruce2013-04-17 20:41:20

Audi Admits to Planning Daytona Prototype for 2014

One obstacle is the engine

Audi wants to compete in the top ranks of the new United SportsCar Series

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Motorsport Director Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich had admitted that Audi is in the planning stages of entering a Daytona Prototype into the 2014 United SportsCar Racing series, which unifies the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. However, the problem facing the Dr. Ullrich is that Audi does not have an engine to use for the car.

“The rules say the engine should be based on a production unit with a maximum of eight cylinders and a maximum capacity of five liters.

“This is a little bit of a problem we have a five-liter V10 and a four-liter V8. This is what we are discussing, trying to find a solution. We have to race in the USA. Running just with customers is not right, it is not pushing the brand of Audi to run some cars in the lowest category, this only works well if you have some activity in the top category and that’s what we need to do," said Dr. Ullrich.

Audi has two options. It could negotiate with the organizing body to allow the 5.0-liter V10 from the R8R8Audi R8Germany, 2006 > present45 versions
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into the series. However, it might also be able to use a smaller turbocharged engine. FordFordFordUnited Kingdom, 1909 > present33 models
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has just received a waiver from the organizers to supply a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 to teams next year, which is based on one of its EcoBoost engines. Audi might have an easier job getting a smaller, turbocharged engine into the series than the larger V10. 

Since last season, Audi has supplied a special version of the R8 LMSR8 LMS UltraAudi R8 LMS UltraGermany, 2012 > present6 photos
to teams in the Grand-AmR8 Grand AmAudi R8 Grand AmGermany, 2012 > present13 photos
Rolex series that lacks traction control and other aids to meet series rules. 

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