Audi unveils ALMS commemorative edition TT

BRASELTON, Ga. (January 7, 2002) -- Celebrating its triumphs and successes in the American Le Mans Series, Audi has introduced the ALMS Commemorative Edition TT for 2002. The limited edition car was unveiled at both the Detroit and Los Angeles...

BRASELTON, Ga. (January 7, 2002) -- Celebrating its triumphs and successes in the American Le Mans Series, Audi has introduced the ALMS Commemorative Edition TT for 2002. The limited edition car was unveiled at both the Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows within the past few days.

Audi will offer 1,000 uniquely styled 2002 TT coupes featuring special 18-inch wheels, high performance tires, color and trim. On sale in early spring, the cars will feature two unique configurations: a Misano Red pearl effect exterior with a silver Silk Nappa leather interior, or an Avus Silver pearl effect exterior with Brilliant Red interior. Other interior changes include knee bolsters, shift knob and steering wheel all in corresponding leather.

"The ALMS Commemorative Edition TT is likely to be coveted by enthusiasts and collectors," said Len Hunt, Vice-President, Audi of America. "We crafted this special vehicle to showcase Audi's successful motorsport endeavors in North America.

"The ALMS Commemorative Edition TT goes far beyond just design," Hunt said. "It is a constant reflection of the exhilarating experience witnessed on the track for the past two years when Audi convincingly clinched the drivers' and manufacturers' titles in the American Le Mans Series."

The Audi R8 Prototype, fielded by Audi Sport North America, won six of the eight ALMS races held in 2001 and took wins in nine of the 12 races held in 2000. Emanuele Pirro of Italy won the 2001 driving title in the LMP 900 class in an Audi R8.

In addition, the Audi R8 won the 2000 and 2001 runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the race upon which the American Le Mans Series was founded.

"We are very honored that Audi has introduced the ALMS Commemorative Edition TT," said Scott Atherton, President and COO of the Panoz Motor Sports Group. "Audi has been a strong marketing partner and supporter for the past two years and this latest step is a perfect example of Audi's ongoing commitment to the series."

The 2002 American Le Mans Series season begins with the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway on March 16. Audi has won the event the past two years.

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