Audi’s successes in the World Rally Championship in the 1980s are still paying dividends for the company today. Auction Bring a Trailer has put up for sale a 2014 Audi R8 coupe converted into a rally car in 2023.
Externally, it differs from the base car by an additional chandelier of four Baja Designs XL Sport LED lights on the nose and an aluminum roof rack with quick-release mounts. The white hood, door panels and trunk lid feature Adrenalin Industries graphics. The rest of the body is painted dark blue. The lower part of the rear panel has been completely removed, revealing part of the suspension and shiny mufflers. The rally look is completed by white 18.0-inch Braid multi-spoke wheels with beadlocks and red rims. Tires: Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail 225/50. The modified Audi R8 is helped by a braking system with ventilated perforated discs with yellow calipers on all four wheels.
The interior of the Audi R8 remains virtually unchanged. The interior is equipped with a three-spoke steering wheel and seats covered in black leather with red decorative stitching. Next to the steering column is an auxiliary switch panel, presumably to control the additional headlights on the nose. On the dashboard there is a speedometer with a 354 km/h dial, a tachometer and gauges for oil and coolant temperature, voltage and fuel level. The digital odometer shows 89,977 km, approximately 4,830 km of which was driven by the current owner. Also mentioned are an infotainment system with navigation, automatic climate control and a Bluetooth-enabled dashboard controller.
The suspension, which is raised by 51 mm and uses Bilstein coilovers with reinforced struts, will help it cope with dirt roads and other off-road conditions. The bottom of the car is protected from damage by stones with special plates.
“Under the hood” the sports car has a modified 4.2-liter V8 engine with modernized intake and exhaust and a reconfigured control unit. The engine output remained at the factory level of 430 hp. and 430 Nm of torque. It works in conjunction with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and a proprietary all-wheel drive system.
The rally car will have a new owner on December 13th. At the time of publication, five days before the auction, the current bid was $20,147.