The R8 GT3, or R16 to use its internal name, uses the 4.2-litre V8 from the production car tuned to produce in excess of 500bhp (without restrictors). In accordance to GT3 regulations the car is rear-wheel drive and runs through a six-speed sequential ‘box. Despite the pictures you see here and the fact that the R16 has already been through a shake-down test with Frank Biela at the wheel, race teams won’t get their cars until Autumn 2009. However, Audi will race a works car throughout the 2009 season in Europe to prove its speed and durability. Place you order for a road-going R8 GT3 now… it might just happen.

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Steve is an investor, private equity advisor and former Partner at KPMG, PwC and Bain.   Most importantly he's a life-long car enthusiast, mountain biker and active sports enthusiast. He designs and builds technology platforms and is the architect behind Transmission.

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