With a time of 7: 40,748 minutes, the new Audi RS 3 sedan is the fastest compact model on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. In June, Frank Stippler, racing and development driver Audi Sport improved the previous lap record in this class by 4,64 seconds. Above all, the torque splitter with its fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle contributed to the successful record drive - Vorsprung durch Technik.
RS3 fastest compact
“I am proud of the entire team. Everyone worked hard for the day, ”said Marvin Schwätter, technical project manager for the Audi RS 3, when the record time appeared on the table. “At the beginning of the development, we didn't know exactly how fast our compact sports car would really be on the Nordschleife,” he explained. "But during the endurance test we found that we are achieving very good times and setting a new record."
Before the record lap, the team around driver Frank Stippler only adjusted the tire pressure of the semi-slick Pirelli P Zero "Trofeo R" to the track conditions. “We don't have an infinite number of possibilities to rehearse such a record attempt,” said Stippler. “On the day when it really matters, a little fine-tuning is therefore still necessary - especially with regard to tire air pressure, because this also influences the way the torque splitter works. We have successfully mastered this. That was an all-round successful day. "
Vorsprung durch Technik: the setup for top values
The basis for the record is the interplay of top technologies. For the first time ever, the torque splitter is being used in an Audi model. It distributes the drive torque fully variably between the rear wheels - controlled by a multi-plate clutch on the respective drive shaft. With a sporty driving style, it increases the drive torque to the rear wheel on the outside of the curve with the higher wheel load. In right-hand bends, more torque is transferred to the left rear wheel; in left-hand bends, this happens exactly the other way around. The RS 3 turns into bends even better and follows the steering angle more precisely. "In general, the new RS 3 drives much more dynamically from the middle of the curve to the exit of the curve and when accelerating out," said Frank Stippler.
“For me, the Torque Splitter is a quantum leap in terms of agile driving.” And this is particularly evident in combination with the newly developed RS Performance driving mode, which has its own engine and gearbox characteristics specially designed for the racetrack. The torque splitter ensures the most neutral driving behavior possible with little understeer and oversteer in different driving situations. This enables earlier acceleration at the exit of a curve, which enables faster lap times to be achieved.
The setup is completed by the semi-slick tires from the Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” brand, available for the first time ex works, the 19-inch ceramic brake system at the front and the RS sports suspension plus with adaptive damper control. It adapts each damper individually and permanently to the road conditions, the driving situation and the mode selected in Audi drive select. Two setups for different racetracks are stored in the RS Performance mode - on the one hand, a comfortable set-up for uneven tracks such as the Nordschleife, where it is important to minimize large vertical excitations while maintaining high lateral dynamics, and on the other hand, a sporty setup for flat racetracks such as the Hockenheimring. With the ceramic brake system and the adaptive chassis, the legendary five-cylinder high-performance engine in the RS 3 delivers a top speed of 290 km / h - the best value in the segment. And even with an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3,8 seconds, the RS 3 is top of the class.
Audi workforce donates to flood victims in Rhineland-Palatinate
Together with the works council, Audi has launched an appeal to its employees for a fundraising campaign in favor of the flood victims. Among other things, collections are to be made for the affected regions in Rhineland-Palatinate and thus around the Nürburgring. The company will also increase this employee donation by a six-figure sum.
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Audi RS 3 fastest in the compact class
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