Audi R8 V10 will lead the field of cars at the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona for the second year in a row.
“We are excited to be the Official Safety Car of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona,” commented Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America.
“Watching the R8 V10 make its way around the track on the banked turns of Daytona as the safety car will further prove its ability to offer incredible balance as a car for the track and on the road.”, he added.
The Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona race will take start at 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 25th and end twenty-four hours later on the Sunday, January 26th.
The Audi R8 V10 and the R8 LMS share more than 50% of their parts and components including the V10 naturally aspirated engine and the fully aluminum ASF that provides a very stiff and lightweight chassis that weighs less than 500 pounds. The 13,000 mile engine service interval under race conditions is a testament to the durability of the R8 LMS. Where other race engines require servicing after a twenty-four hour race, the 5.2 liter V10 FSI engine in the R8 LMS can race a whole season without a major overhaul.
The 2014 model year Audi R8 V10 5.2 liter engine generates 525HP (386 kW) and 528Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. New for the 2014 model year is the 7-speed S-tronic transmission that offers incredibly quick and smooth shifting between the gears including skipping gears automatically when downshifting for exceptional control and performance. The highly praised gated manual transmission is also available standard while the double clutch S- tronic is available as an option.
The Audi R8 V10 road car is equipped with magnetic ride which allows the suspension to be stiffened for more dynamic driving or to offer a more comfortable ride. Standard waved brake rotors provide better heat dissipation as well as offer a nine pound weight reduction compared to conventional brake rotors which reduces unsprung weight. The R8 V10 is available as a coupe or Spyder.
The full television schedule to watch all of the action is as follows:
Saturday, Jan. 25
2-4 p.m. EST on FOX
4-9 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 2
Overnight (Jan. 25-26)
9 p.m. – 7 a.m. EST on IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
Sunday, Jan. 26
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1