Audi Sport now offers a better fourth model to customers who want to go racing. It’s the fourth model in just 4 years and follows on from the radically new second-generation Audi R8 LMS (2015), the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR touring car (2016) and the Audi R8 LMS GT4 (2017). The latest evolution of the R8 LMS GT3 is on display at the Paris Motorshow this weekend and is expected to continue the success story in sprint and endurance racing.
Ever since the R8 LMS made its debut in 2015, it has been tailored closely to customer requirements regarding technology and operating costs. Winning races at Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca, Nurburgring, Sepang and Spa, it has engraved its name in the winners’ lists of the major endurance races. Worldwide championship titles, plus international success in the FIA GT World Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge complete the track record for the young winning car.
Nevertheless, there is room for improvement and in developing the evolution of the car, Audi Sport put even greater focus on our customers and their needs. “The pre-design stage for the second evolution of our current model generation centered on many discussions with our teams, including amateur drivers who also clinched class victories or overall titles in America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing.
During the development project of the latest evolution, Audi Sport concentrated on providing these customers with an even better technical base than before. Optimization of the aerodynamics and cooling give greater consistency under various dynamic driving conditions.
Durability of the power transmission elements is another focal area. For the teams, the evolution package pays off both in terms of racing and economy. Moderate modifications of the overall concept and longer service intervals for the clutch and transmission represent sensible investments promising success in racing and optimally support amateurs. Whether the teams already own a second-generation R8 LMS or buy a new model, the changes benefit everyone and are also suitable for retrofitting to existing racing cars.
Following the world debut in Paris, Audi Sport will deliver the first cars in November, each priced at 398,000 euros (about RM1.9 million). The evolution kit for retrofitting older model generations costs 28,000 euros (about RM143,000). Following FIA homologation, the new Audi racing cars will be battling internationally for points, victories and titles starting in January.