Up until a few years ago, Audi’s cars were executive sedans aimed at people looking for comfort. A few years ago the R8 was released with performance levels similar to a supercar but with the easiness to drive a regular car. It now seems that they might want to tackle a completely new market segment with the 2019 Audi R10. So far the car is nothing more than just a concept which has been designed by an industrial automotive designer from Spain. The car has been heavily inspired by the R10 LeMans racer but it seems to be taking from other current Audi cars as well.
Is it really possible?
Well, Audi showcased their interest to build a true hypercar ever since the R8 was released. This would give them a lot more presence on the market and it would make for a great flagship. If the car will actually be released, we expect a concept as early as 2019 while a production version of it will likely come quite a few years after. Even though nothing is official so far, it is quite likely that Audi will turn once again to Lamborghini, so the upcoming R10 might share its underpinnings with the Aventador or the future Lamborghini hyper-car. This would basically mean that it will cost well over $300,000 which is still fine considering the R8 would perfectly fit under it.
2019 Audi R10 Design
The 2019 Audi R10 concept has been heavily inspired by the LeMans race-car and that’s clear from the proportions which look like nothing else out there. The cabin has been moved forward in order to make room for the engine. In size, though it seems to be quite similar to the ongoing R8. The front end looks like nothing else in Audi’s roster but it is safe to assume that it will change for the production model. The sides feature similar flying buttresses to those on the Ford GT but slightly more subtle. The back, on the other hand, features a large center-mounted exhaust and a similar layout to that found on the Lamborghini Murcielago.
So far there is nothing available on the car’s cabin but considering this is an Audi, it is safe to assume that it will feature some design cues from their other models. We do expect some influences from the 918 Porsche as well with a slimmer center console and a new digital dashboard recently released for their range.
What makes it a hypercar
The engine in the 2019 Audi R10 will very likely be something special. Back in 2014 rumors about the car were suggesting at a twin-turbocharged 6 liter V10. However, more recently rumors about a new twin-turbocharged V8 started to surface. This would also use a set of electric motors on the front wheels in order to give the car the already well-known characteristics of the Quattro all-wheel drive system. On top of that, it would be able to drive in full electric mode for some miles while boosting the performance greatly. The petrol engine will most likely be Audi’s current 4 liters twin-turbocharged V8 tweaked to make well over 600 horsepower. With the added electric motors, rumors suggest at over 900 horsepower which would likely give it better performance than that of the current 918.
This would instantly boost Audi’s image and make it a true premium manufacturer. At this point, not much is known about the gearbox of the car. Our best bet would go on a specifically designed dual-clutch seven or eight-speed unit. With it, the car should be able to hit 60 MPH in right around 2.5 seconds while its top speed will very likely be over 200 MPH, especially considering the massive amount of power.