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Audi RS 3 has broken records even before its launch

The Green Hell has never been cold; there is always a new hot car lapping inside, setting new records. But these days, even these hard-earned records don't stay there for long; there is always a new kid on the block. In other words, the Audi RS 3 broke the lap time record for the fastest compact car set by Jorg Weidinger in a BMW M2. The BMW’s recorded time was 7 minutes and 38.70 seconds around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The upcoming 2025 Audi RS 3 only took 7 minutes and 33.12 seconds. The margin of 5 seconds is a good enough improvement for a compact sedan, and it is not the first time for Audi. The BMW’s speed run was recorded on the 30th of August, 2023. Unfortunately, the M2 couldn't enjoy the triumph for at least a year.

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Watch Frank Stippler, Audi Sport’s racing and development driver, completing the Nürburgring Nordschleife (Green Hell) in a blistering 7:33.12 Here.

He also explained: “That was the key to our success. The new RS 3 turns in more willingly at corner entry thanks to fine-tuning – including brake torque vectoring – which allows the vehicle to be positioned earlier and better for corner exit from the apex, at the latest. The result is a lower steering angle from apex to corner exit, which leads to less friction and earlier acceleration, allowing you to carry more momentum and speed onto each subsequent straight."

All these are awesome, however, this might also suggest that there will be no changes in the powertrain. While the 2025 Audi RS 3 is still under wraps, its performance is the only testament to its advanced features. The record-setting lap was achieved in a preproduction unit, and the Audi Sport division has since optimised the cornering behaviour and enhanced the overall chassis characteristics for the upcoming model. The car is equipped with a torque splitter that allows for fully variable torque distribution between the rear wheels, electronic stabilisation control, wheel-selective torque control (brake torque vectoring), and the RS sports suspension’s optional adaptive dampers. These features contribute to the car's exceptional performance and handling, setting it apart from its competitors. The record-breaking sedan was burning the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tyre.

TopGear Magazine July 2024