Not all Audi vehicles are made the same. The more powerful RS-stamped variants are born just outside of Stuttgart, Germany at the Quattro GmbH facility, which is where the RS3, RS4, RS5, RS6 and R8 supecars are made. On this episode of Downshift, we take you through the facility to see what goes into making the Audi supercars.
Since 1983, the factory has been making Audi sedans even faster. After manufacturing the RS4 and RS6, it began building more models as the brand continued to grow in the U.S. and abroad. In 2006 though, Quattro GmbH began its most important project: the intoxicating R8 supercar. Developing the R8 was a different experience for factory workers, since more of the R8’s elements are handmade than the RS cars. It takes 200 people to produce 14 R8s a day, with special attention paid to its 4.2-liter V-8 and the GT’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine.
The monstrous engines are put through vigorous testing, and we tour where it all happens. The engine testing room is where Audi engineers test the durability of the mills by having them run for up to 24 hours a day. They also simulate all types of driving situations, ranging from normal to city driving and lots of idling. Since the facility produces super-fast Audis though, it’s only natural it can simulate driving situations on the Nurburgring.
Quattro GmbH’s goal is to ensure Audi engines will withstand any type of condition, from driving in the city to visiting the track every weekend with the R8’s new dual-clutch transmission.
Tour the Quattro GmbH facility in the video below to discover how Audi supercars are made.