|March 24, 2000
Audi To Supply Turnkey S4 Competition Racers to Speedvision Competitors
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Audi of America, Inc. today announced that it's motorsport division, Audi Sport North America, will be supplying turnkey S4 Competition sedans to customers competing in the Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship.
The S4 Competition will have four-wheel drive and four-doors. The cars are being built by touring car specialists Richard Lloyd of Audi Sport UK. The S4 Competition will come complete with roll cage, racing seat, Alcon brakes, specially designed suspension and a host of components translated from the British Touring car. The S4's will be powered by a European Audi RS4 twin-turbo, 5-valve, V-6 racing engine built to Speedvision specs.
The car was designed with Audi Sport UK's rich history of developing touring cars, having won the British Touring Car series in 1996. "We have adapted our touring car experience to the Speedvision GT rules," said Richard Lloyd, Audi Sport UK. "We are keeping the rear wing, ride height is higher, the driver's pedal box is also adapted from the old touring car, the aero package is slightly changed - but the spirit of the car is the same. The car ran for the first time at Silverstone on March 17th, we think it has the potential to do the business in the Speedvision GT series."
With a long history of road racing experience, Pompano Beach, Florida Audi dealer, Champion Motors has been chosen to be the first to receive the tuned S4's. Michael Galati, the 1999 Speedvision Touring Car Driver's Champion, has been retained to drive the Champion S4 entry. "I am excited to step-up to the Speedvision GT division with Champion Audi. The S4 Competition is a great car that should prove to be very competitive," said Galati.
Michael Galati tested the S4 Competition at Oulton Park in Britain on March 21st. Also on hand was five-time Le Mans and three-time Daytona winner Derek Bell. Will Hoy,1991 British Touring Car Champion, assisted the drivers in sorting out the S4 Competition.
In a related announcement, Derek Bell will be racing one of the S4's carrying an in-car camera as well as providing commentary for the Speedvision broadcasts in real-time.
"I am very excited about the S4 Competition," said Len Hunt, vice president of Audi Sport North America. "I think the dealers as well as enthusiasts will be excited about the program. The car looks aggressive and we believe it will be a competitive entry on the track."
"Derek Bell will bring an extra level of excitement to the telecasts. He is a legend in racing and a real professional behind the wheel as well as behind the microphone," said Rod Bymaster, manager, Audi Sport North America. "The Speedvision GT series will be a nice complement to our Sebring 12-hour winning American Le Mans Series effort. The S4 Competition will also allow us an opportunity to translate some Audi technology head-to-head with our manufacturing competitors. We hope to have a handful of S4's on the track by mid-season."
"We are excited to work with Audi Sport on the Speedvision GT program," said Don Skuta, vice president of business development, Champion Audi. "It is our goal to help Michael Galati capture the champions' crown for the 2000 season." The S4 Competition will challenge entries that include the Viper, Corvette, Mustang, Ferrari 355, Porsche 996 and BMW M3.
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