Le Mans, June 12, 2003
The Audi Nuvolari quattro, the vision of a “GT of tomorrow”, will be presented to
the motorsport fans before the Le Mans 24 Hour Race on Saturday 14 June
2003. Michèle Mouton, the only woman ever to win a round of the World Rally
Championship, will be at the wheel. Mouton’s co-driver on this stage, the scene
of Audi’s three historical triumphs between 2000 and 2002, is Walter de‘Silva,
as Director of Design for the Audi Group and one of the fathers of the Nuvolari
quattro. In addition to its drive on the legendary highspeed track, the Nuvolari
quattro makes a guest appearance at the drivers’ parade in Le Mans town
centre on Friday before the race.
The naming of the Audi study Nuvolari quattro pays homage to a racing legend,
which in 1933, exactly 70 years ago, won the Le Mans 24 Hour race: Tazio
Nuvolari. The graceful Italian, born 1892 in Mantua and died in 1953, wrote
motorsport history like no other driver during the first half of the century. His
spectacular driving style became his trademark, as did the yellow pullover that
he always wore whilst racing. In 1938 Nuvolari changed teams, becoming
works driver for Auto Union, and in 1939 he succeeded in winning the last
Grand Prix for an Auto Union.
Audi Nuvolari quattro – this concept car combines pioneering technology and
the driving dynamics of a high performance GT car with the future style and form
of Audi cars. Following its début at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2+2 Coupé with
the proportions of a classical GT will be driven for the first time on a racing
circuit in front of more than hundred thousand spectators.
The most powerful engine ever developed by Audi for use in a production car
ensures adequate propulsion: a five-litre bi-turbo V10 with FSI direct-fuel
injection, producing 441 kW (600 hp), and mobilising a maximum torque of 750
Newton metres. The Nuvolari quattro races from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.1
Innovative technology is visible everywhere in the Audi Nuvolari quattro. The
coated aluminium body is constructed as Audi Space Frame, ensuring an
outstanding power to weight ratio, which simultaneously offers a high degree of
stiffness: the basis for the exceptional handling qualities of this GT.
A 6-speed automatic gearbox incorporating shift-by-wire-technology makes the
appropriate regulation of power and torque. When desired, the driver can
change gear actively by using the steering wheel mounted shift paddles.
It goes without saying that for such a powerful Audi the transmission of power is
made by quattro permanent all-wheel drive. In keeping with the standard, the
eye-catching large cross-drilled brake discs of the racing brake system are
visible behind the 9-spoke wheels.
The aluminium suspension of the Nuvolari quattro lives up to the demands
made by a high-performance Gran Turismo. Together with the adaptive air
suspension the four link front suspension and trapezoidal-link rear suspension
ensure excellent handling characteristics and typical sports car agility. The
Nuvolari quattro also qualifies as long distance cruiser due to the high degree
of comfort assured by the air suspension.
Audi clearly demonstrates the marque’s future path with the appearance of the
Nuvolari quattro in Le Mans: A future, symbolised by an uncompromising
sporting nature, that combines the highest technical demands with unique
design and accentuated elegance.