Audi R8 ‘Green Hell’ name registered. Is it for a Nürburgring record-breaker?
The German supercar might be about to get some special treatment. Will it overshadow its Lamborghini stablemate?

Audi appears to have a new project in the works, based on its recent application to trademark the name “R8 Green Hell”, a reference to the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

The application, filed earlier this month, points to Audi possibly developing a faster iteration of its existing mid-engined R8 sports car.

The ‘Green Hell’ name is likely inspired by Germany’s famous Nürburgring racing circuit, which was once referred to as ‘Green Hell’ by British Formula One driver Jackie Stewart.

Nicknamed as such for the thick forest that surrounds it, as well as its often “hellish” conditions, the track has long been used as a proving ground for manufacturers honing their performance models.

Holding a record lap of Nürburgring’s ‘Nordschleife’ configuration – its longest and most rigorous, at 20.81km length and 154 corners – has also become a special kind of bragging right for manufacturers.