Video: Vladimir Vitver’s Tube-framed Audi TT-R DTM Hillclimber


Vladmir Vitver’s Audi TT-R is a tube-framed monstrosity competing in the FIA European Hillclimb Cup, and its one that’s prone to turn heads; the looks and the sound are mesmerizing. Its aggressive styling has been through two iterations in the last several years, and it’s gone from looking like a road-going TT—albeit one with center-locking wheels—to one that’s completely alien. The front end no longer sports actual headlights, and the sculpted bodywork is so aggressive it hardly resembles the production car. The silhouette is still there, but with so much wing and diffuser detailing the diminutive body, it’s a little hard to place initially.

So much of the appeal of this machine lies in its powerplant. Unlike so many hillclimb specials, this car is devoid of turbochargers and regales the crowds with the wail of its 4.0-liter V8. The powerplant is borrowed from a DTM machine and sits much further back than one would think a V8 with such enormous airboxes could be shoehorned into such a small space. Though it’s spaceframed, the front-engine layout has been retained, and based on the car’s behavior, it seems to only drive the rear wheels.

Gold surrounding the side-exit exhaust catches the eye as much as the blare deafens the audience.

The high-revving engine makes 480 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque—smoothly and predictably, it has to be said. That linear delivery makes the car quite easy to handle, and the car never seems to break away dramatically. Reassuring and confidence inspiring, the 2,000-pound machine handles with an incredible agility that only increases with speed.


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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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