Audi is working on a new hypercar that will act as the brand’s halo sports car, and some new details on the project are starting to trickle out.
“It wouldn’t make sense to use anything but the R18′s racing engine in the Scorpion,” an inside source revealed to Car and Driver.
The new hypercar is known internally as Scorpion, and will use a modified version of the 3.7-liter V6 TDI engine that powers the brand’s R18 e-tron Quattro Le Mans race car. That diesel engine will be combined with a front-mounted hybrid system, specifications on which are still unknown.
In race car form, the engine intakes are restricted, which allows to the motor to put out more than 500 hp and more than 625 lb-ft of torque, which theoretically could be boosted in the production car.
The car is backed by Audi research and development chief Wolfgang Dürheimer, who wants a Le Mans inspired street legal car to help promote the brand, and its racing efforts.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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