Audi have announced the release of a racing version of the TT, dubbed the 'TT Cup', which will take part in a championship of the same name in 2015, supporting the DTM (German Touring Cars), across six rounds.
The track-ready TT Cup will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine packing 306bhp and mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox – which have both been carried across largely unchanged from the road legal TT S.
However in its stripped-out racing state the TT Cup weighs just 1,125kg – considerably less than the road car's 1,460kg kerb weight. Additionally, a 'push-to-pass' function has been added and unleashed another 30bhp, which combined with the weight saving should noticeably liven up the car. A total of 24 TT Cups will be prepared for each round, with the grid comprising six 'changing guest drivers' and 18 private racers.
When asked about the new track-ready TT Cup, Audi's research and design chief Dr Ulrich Hackenberg said: "For me it was clear that a driving machine like the new Audi TT belongs on the race track as well...The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers".