Audi has announced a new one-make race series for 2015, the Audi Sport TT Cup.

As the name suggests, the car used in the series is the latest, third-generation Audi TT. A near-standard 2.0-litre TFSi turbo engine from the TTS, producing 307bhp, powers the car.

Drive goes through a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox to quattro four-wheel-drive. An electronically variable active differential helps the front wheels dig in when powering out of a corner.

Race-tuned suspension, a widened track, big wheels, and GT3-aping aerodynamics keep the car on the road, and make it friendly to drive; the series is aimed at both experienced and novice drivers alike.

The TT Cup will run on the support bill of the DTM series in Germany, with six double-header meetings. quattro GmbH will run the 24 cars centrally, with six reserved for guest drivers.

The remaining cars will be available for just about anyone to drive. Assuming they pass the application process. And they can lay their hands on the EUR99,000 a season will cost.

Audi factory driver Markus Winkelhock has been testing the TT Cup car. He said: “The Audi TT Cup is a genuine race car, ideal for rookies, yet challenging to drive. You immediately feel that you’re sitting in an Audi and recognise the close kinship with the brand’s other race cars.”

Clearly, Audi is setting the TT Cup up as the first rung on a ladder that could, possibly, lead all the way to the works World Endurance Championship team.

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