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German elite university's hot Audi racer sports Glasurit brand paints in white and titanium mat

Carmakers, university and suppliers join in sponsoring BASF Coatings’ technical platform

(PresseBox) (Münster/Aachen, ) During the past few years, the German university landscape witnessed an unprecedented contest. In the "Excellence Initiative", just a handful of German universities were selected to receive the title "elite university". One of them was the RWTH Aachen University. The university is renowned for its technical competence, which has made it a reliable partner of the automotive industry and its suppliers. Now the university will be putting this competence to the test as part of a special project. Professors, staff members and students at RWTH Aachen University are building an Audi racer that will be competing in the famous 24-hour race at the Nürburgring racetrack. BASF Coatings is supporting this project with its Glasurit paint brand.

The Audi A4 3.0 TDI was finished in white and decorated with a stripe in titanium mat. The hubcaps were painted in titanium mat too. The racing car will compete in the S2 alternative fuel class. The racer has other special features too, including a performance of 300 horsepower and a 3.0-liter engine. The body finished by BASF is an Audi RS4 production body and, at the same time, is an innovative lightweight construction built by RWTH Aachen University. The car has permanent all-wheel drive and a modified racing ESP/ABS system.

Things will be "getting real" from May 22 to 25. Two hundred thirty teams are expected to compete in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Over 200,000 spectators will be on hand to watch the race. And RWTH Aachen University plans to cause a sensation with its Audi.

A professor as a race car driver

The racing Audi will be piloted by a professor. Professor Stefan Gies, who already attracted attention at last year's Audi Cup, will be driving the race car though "Green Hell", as the Nürburgring is also called. Other drivers include Thomas Harnisch and Klaus Leinfelder, who both invested a lot of time and energy developing the special Audi.