The Scorpion Hypercar is Audi’s new car based on the R18 e-tron Quattro. This was the car that won the 24hours of Le Mans last year and they will be using this new car to showcase their technology. They have not yet finalised the design but there has been some interesting propositions. One is a retro look and the other is something like the R18, but no decision has yet been made. A rendering has been put forward though, as a guess of what it might look like based on the R18 and the way that Audi design seems to be moving too.
It is expected that there will just be 333 Scorpions made as this was what happened with the A1 Quattro and the R8 GT> It will protect it against the embarrassment that Porsche had to suffer when it was unable to sell all of its limited models of the Carrera GT and Mercedes Benz with their SLR McLaren.
The car will give Audi an ultra-high performance sector presence and it will be unique with its diesel hybrid design. It will give the race drivers and engineering team a morale boost as well as the design department, to see their vision up for sale. It will also stand out among diesel technology which will help Audi’s reputation there somewhat. They could have done this with the R8 V-12 TDI concept too but it was a bit early in development and was never released on to the market in the end.
The Scorpion will have a very similar architecture to the R18 race car. It will have a carbon-fibre monocoque which will be reinforced with aluminium honeycomb. It is likely the structure will be kept as similar as possible but it may need some modifications for its change of purpose to road use. The chassis components, including suspension will be aluminium to keep it lighter in weight. There will also be enhanced aerodynamics which will help it stay stable when it is going at 200mph plus speeds.
The engine will be the R18 e-tron Quattro one which will be paired up with a hybrid module that has not yet been specified. There was speculation about an upgraded 3.0 litre V6 TDI but it seems that is not correct as an Audi source has confirmed that it would not make sense to not use the R18’s racing engine.
The diesel engine is a V6 24 valve, 3.7 litre and it is fed by one turbocharger and sits at 120 degrees. It can produce more than 500 horsepower when in the racing car body and more than 625 lb ft torque. However, it has restricted intake and so it should go up perhaps to 600 horsepower and the electric motor power on top. This diesel engine will power the rear wheels and the front wheels will be powered by the electric motor. With those together it should get to 700 horsepower. It is expected that there will be a seven speed clutch automatic transmission although there are other options so that may not be the final choice.
The car will see competition from LaFerrari from Ferrari, the P1 form McLaren and the Porsche 918. It is expected that it will take at least three years before the car will be ready and so it could be 2016 or 2017 before one can be ordered. It is likely to be within the same price range as its competitors and so there will be no change form a million pounds!