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2018 Audi R8 Chassis
HOW MANY SUPER CARS HAVE THE ENGINE IN FRONT?
Maybe a handful, at best. Most super cars place the engine behind the driver but in front of the rear axle. Placing a majority of the weight between the axles helps the chassis control the lateral and longitudinal g-forces during cornering, braking and acceleration.
ASF® multi-material space frame
By using high-strength and lightweight carbon fiber reinforced polymer, Audi engineers made the ASF® spaceframe lighter and 40% more rigid than the ASF® spaceframe in the previous Audi R8. A stiffer chassis means less flexing under load and more precise handling.
Without an engine in front to work around, the quattro® front differential can be ideally placed. With the engine in front of the rear axle, its weight can be used to help the rear tires maintain traction.
Audi magnetic ride
Tiny magnetic particles within the shock fluid change structure when charged with electrical impulses. This helps soften or firm the shock’s damping response. Via the Audi drive select settings, the driver can choose from Comfort, Dynamic or Auto settings.
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Wave-design disc brakes
Strategic removal of brake disc material on the Wave-design disc brakes helps reduce as much as six pounds from the braking system. The brakes feature two-piece construction, cross-drilled holes for ventilation, and powerful eight-piston calipers for front discs and four-piston calipers for the rear discs.
Audi ceramic brakes
The race-derived carbon ceramic material of the rotors save over 8 pounds compared to cast-iron discs. Carbon ceramic is known for being more resistant to brake fade caused by high temperatures. Stout six-piston calipers clamp the front discs, while four-piston calipers are fitted to the rear discs.
Dynamic steering offers a variable ratio that adjusts according to vehicle speeds and Audi drive select mode. By changing the steering ratio, Dynamic steering can improve straight-line stability at highway speeds and improve steering precision through the corners.
Audi drive select
Audi drive select—Comfort mode
Comfort mode favors a softer suspension and boosted steering power assistance that is ideal for long-distance travel.
Audi drive select—Auto mode
Auto mode provides the most balanced engine and chassis response.
Audi drive select—Dynamic mode
Dynamic mode provides optimal engine and chassis settings for performance driving conditions. The suspension is optimized for handling and body control, the steering is heavier for a more direct feel, and the transmission shift pattern is tuned for immediate response.
Audi drive select—Performance mode
Audi R8 V10 plus vehicles feature additional Audi drive select settings through the Performance mode button. Performance mode offers three pre-set calibrations: suspension, steering and transmission for optimal performance on dry, wet and snow-covered roads.