Audi may be planning a new variant of the R8 inspired by the Nürburgring. The German automaker recently trademarked “R8 Green Hell” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, referencing the ‘Ring’s famous nickname.
The trademark, first spotted by Automobile, isn’t ironclad proof of a new model. Automakers often apply to trademark names without having a new model in the works. It’s a way to secure names automakers might want to use in the future.
If Audi really does intend to build an R8 Green Hell, there’s no mincing words on what it would be. It would be a hardcore version of the R8 with some connection to the Nürburgring, be it a track-focused special edition or a version of the R8 intended to set a lap record.
For reference, the current Nürburgring lap record for production cars is 6:44.97, set by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in 2018.