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Audi R8: Next generation will come with carbon/aluminum chassis

Audi R8

Audi is working hard on the next-generation Audi R8 which is said to feature a new carbon/aluminum chassis.

According to reports quoting Audi’s chief engineer Michael Dick, the 2014 R8 will undercut the current model’s weight by some 100 kilograms (220 lbs), while increasing torsional rigidity by 30%. That’s no mean feat, and to get there, Audi will reportedly build the chassis out of a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber.

That last bit may benefit from the advanced carbon construction methods being developed by sister-company Lamborghini, which Audi owes to a large degree for the existence of the R8 altogether.