What changes have been made to turn the R8 into a GT3?
Out goes the Quattro four-wheel drive system, prohibited by GT3 regulations. That means rear-wheel drive, with power sent through an all-new six-speed sequential 'box. No word from Ingolstadt on what engine powers the R8 though. We know it has over 500bhp, but is it a V8 or a V10? This car's R16 tag gives us no clues – it’s not a Bugatti Veyron engine.
Other tweaks and changes including junking the leather-lined interior, fitting a full roll cage and that enormous rear wing. Combined with the new front spoiler, side sills and rear diffuser it should create plenty of downforce. So even though the four-wheel drive system has gone and the suspension is apparently little changed over the production car, Dr Ullrich is claiming the R8 ‘is nevertheless easy to handle.’ We want one.
Source: CAR UK