Audi may be planning a new R8-inspired Nurburgring. The German Automakers recently marked the “R8 Green Hell” at the European Union’s intellectual property office, calling it the well-known nickname “Ring”.
The trademarks that was first discovered by automobile is not irrefutable evidence of a new model. Automakers often turn to brand names without a new model in the works. This is a way to protect names that automakers want to use in the future.
If Audi really intends to build an R8 Green Hell, there are no harsh words about what it would be like. It would be a hardcore version of the R8 with a certain connection to the Nürburgring, be it a special edition geared towards the racetrack or a version of the R8 that is supposed to set a lap record.
The current lap record at the Nürburgring for production vehicles is 6: 44.97, which was set by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in 2018.
Green Hell could be a farewell to the current generation R8. Audi is said to be considering replacing the R8 with an electric model, or at least an electric model. The current R8 was introduced for the 2017 model year and received a small update round for 2020.
The second generation R8 was not received as enthusiastically as its predecessor, which sparked persistent rumors that the model would be scrapped. A super sports car with a V-10 engine also doesn’t exactly fit the electrification plans of Audi and its parent company Volkswagen Group.
We learn at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. USA to find out if Audi has submitted a trademark application for “R8 Green Hell”. No such request has been made yet. Therefore, green hell could be an exclusive model for Europe.
Here you can see the Audi R8 LMS GT2, which could serve as inspiration for the design of a future hardcore R8 street car.