Audi Sport will for the first time offer a racing sports car specifically developed for customer use.
The Audi R8 will now be available in a version which has a powerful 500 hp plus GT3 and will be available from autumn 2009.
Factory space to enable the project to succeed will be created over the next few months in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm and Gyor.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich said: "The R8 is the first production Audi bearing the name and genes of a successful racing sports car and is therefore an excellent base from which to build up our first big customer sport programme."
Dr Ullrich reported that ever since the R8 was unveiled the company has been "inundated" with enquiries about a race version.
He is confident that the Audi R8 will fit the bill for customers looking for a racing sports car equipped with high-calibre technology and the typical Audi qualities.
The first test races in various European racing series have been pencilled in for the 2009 season.