Audi has been offering the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car since 2009, followed by the second generation in 2015, and the RS 3 LMS for the TCR category in 2016. Now Audi Sport’s portfolio of models is extended with the new R8 LMS in a GT4 version.
The new R8 LMS GT4, intended for production-based racing, has directly been derived from the road-legal R8 Coupe V10. An affordable choice in terms of purchase price and cost of ownership, Audi believes it is the ideal racing car for amateur drivers, in line with the spirit of the GT4 regulations. This continues a great sportscar tradition as road-going sportscars were a popular base in GT racing around the world more than half a century ago.
The R8 LMS GT4 will be seen in the Nurburgring 24 Hours at the end of May, giving Audi presence in another growth category in international motorsport. The GT4 class, which originated in Europe, will be intensively marketed on an international scale starting this year, with fielding opportunities in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
“13 racing series in which GT4 models can compete worldwide already exist today worldwide,” said Stephan Winkelmann, MD of Audi Sport GmbH. “Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time. These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league.”
The R8 LMS GT4 shares more than 60% of its assembly components with the R8 Coupe and is produced at the same factory. Audi Sport is developing the GT4 model, which delivers up to 495 ps depending on its rating, during the course of the 2017 season before a final homologation level has been achieved and approval for racing is requested. Consequently, the first customers will be able to receive the new car before the end of the year.
Around the globe, Audi Sport draws on an extensive network of service, spare parts logistics and professional support for the R8 LMS GT4. This infrastructure has already been utilised successfully for the GT3 project on 4 continents.