Audi Sport customer racing have presented its fourth new model in four years following on from the completely new second-generation Audi R8 LMS in 2015, the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR touring car in 2016 and the Audi R8 LMS GT4 sports car last year. Today, at the Paris Motor Show (2nd October 2018), the evolution of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 was revealed.
Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, and Michael-Julius Renz, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, unveiled the model before a crowd of international visitors. The new version of the model has been closely matched to customer requirements regarding technology and operating costs and is highly successful worldwide in sprint and endurance racing.
Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca, Nurburgring, Sepang and Spa
Ever since the Audi R8 LMS debuted in 2015, it has carved 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 this young winning car.
Chris Reinke said;
"In developing the evolution of the car, we've put even greater focus on our customers and their needs.
"The pre-design stage for the second evolution of our current model generation centred on many discussions with our teams."
In addition to the pros who are successful with the race cars, amateur drivers have also secured class victories and/or overall titles in America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
During the development project of the latest evolution, Audi Sport concentrated on providing these clients with a better technical base than ever before. Optimisation of 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 of the Audi R8 LMS reaps rewards in terms of racing and economy, with moderate modifications of the overall concept and longer service intervals for the clutch and transmission representing sensible investments and promising success in racing and optimally support amateurs.
Whether the teams already own a second-generation Audi R8 LMS or buy a new model, the changes benefit everyone and at the same time, they are also suitable for retrofitting to existing race cars.
Following the world debut in Paris, Audi Sport will deliver the first customer race cars in November for the sum of 398,000 euros plus VAT. The evolution kit for retrofitting older model generations costs 28,000 euros plus VAT. From January, following FIA homologation, the race cars will be competing globally for points, victories and titles.
All Vehicle Contracts Ltd Published: Oct 2 2018