In the Audi Sport TT Cup, the brand with the four rings has opted for the Audi TT. Now in its third generation, it continues to epitomize powerful sportiness and emotive design. Shortly before the market launch of the Audi TT in Germany, the world premiere of the Audi TT cup car took place as part of the 2014 DTM finale at the Hockenheimring. The Cup race car benefits from the solid genes of the road-going version.
Even the first generation of the Audi TT in 1998 was a design revolution. It continues to be an iconic automobile. In its second generation, not least thanks to the multi-material design with high aluminum content, the TT became even sportier. Today, the Audi TT is regarded as a modern classic and a driving machine delivering top performance.
The third generation of the compact sports car, which the company unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014, again features a fascinating emotive design and dynamic qualities. Innovative technologies used in the powertrain and in the controls and instruments concept are hallmarks of the coupé. A special feature is the Audi virtual cockpit – a fully digital instrument cluster featuring dynamic animations and precision graphics with a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels that replaces the conventional analogue instruments.
The power output range of the Audi TT is from 132 kW (180 hp) in the 1.8-liter TFSI version, to 295 kW (400 hp) in the Audi TT RS. In the Audi TT cup is the 2.0 TFSI engine from the Audi TTS. The four-cylinder engine delivers 228 kW (310 hp) in the production model and accelerates the TTS from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
Successful in racing
Of the first two TT generations Audi produced more than half a million cars. Racing fans are intimately familiar with the Audi TT as well. From 2000 to 2003, Team ABT Sportsline relied on Audi’s compact sports car in the DTM and as a privateer team, with Laurent Aiello, won against the competition from Mercedes-Benz and Opel in the 2002 season.
In the second generation of the TT, Christian Hohenadel managed to clinch the first and so far only pole position by a race car with front-wheel drive in the 2011 VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. In the subsequent 6-hour race, Hohenadel, together with Frank Biela and Michael Ammermüller, took overall victory on the tradition-steeped circuit in the Eifel as well. Since then, customers have taken several class victories with the compact coupé on the Nordschleife.
Finally, since 2015, the third generation of the TT has for the first time served as a basis for Audi’s one-make cup.