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World premiere in Paris: new evolution of Audi R8 LMS for customer racing
• Further developed New Audi R8 LMS GT3 model with greater customer value
• Evolution upgrade Audi R8 LMS GT3 kit for existing race cars
Audi Sport customer racing presents its fourth new Audi R8 LMS GT3 model in just four years: Following 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 sports car (2017), the evolution of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Michael-Julius Renz, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, and Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, revealed the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 The new Audi R8 LMS GT3 version of the model, successful worldwide in sprint and endurance racing, is tailored closely to the customer requirements regarding technology and operating costs.
Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca, Nürburgring, Sepang and Spa: Ever since the Audi R8 LMS made its debut in 2015, 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 Audi R8 LMS GT3 winning car. Nevertheless, there is room for improvement for Audi Sport: “In developing the evolution of the car, we’ve put even greater focus on our customers and their needs,” says Chris Reinke.
” In addition to the pros who are successful with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race cars, amateur drivers have also clinched class victories or overall titles in America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
During the development project of the latest evolution Audi R8 LMS GT3, Audi Sport concentrated on providing these customers with an even better technical base than before. Optimization of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 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 new Audi R8 LMS pays off both in terms of racing and economy: Moderate modifications of the overall Audi R8 LMS GT3 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 Audi R8 LMS or buy a new Audi R8 LMS GT3 model: the changes benefit everyone and are also suitable for retrofitting to existing Audi R8 LMS race cars.
The Audi R8 LMS is the racing version of the Audi R8. Despite looking identical to a regular Audi R8, the Audi R8 LMS shares very little with its road-going counterpart in terms of features and mechanics. A new race specification Audi R8 V10 engine develops a peak power output of 430 kW (577 hp; 585 PS). The removal of the standard all-wheel drive system and the intelligent mix of materials such as aluminum in the Audi Space Frame (ASF), a structural CFRP component and the steel roll cage alone make the chassis about 30 kilograms lighter – now weighing 252 kilograms. At the same time, the torsional stiffness of the stressed frame has increased by 39 percent. These weight saving measures result in a weight of just 1,225 kg (2,701 lb). Aside from that, the car packs many safety features such as a modified spaceframe structure at the front and a carbon fibre crash element at the rear protect the driver in a crash, the special PS1 racing seat from the Audi R18 e-Tron quattro which has been known to set the safety standards for LMP1 cars A rescue opening in the roof as used in DTM race touring cars is implemented in the R8 LMS GT3, a first for any GT3 car, after an accident, it allows the driver’s helmet to be lifted in a way that avoids straining the spinal column. Although the combination of the materials in the R8 LMS is more complex, Audi has managed to integrate the manufacturing process for production and race cars even more closely than before. In a new manufacturing facility at the Bollinger Hofe industrial park in Heilbronn, quattro GmbH produces both variants in combination. Although the race car, for example, is fitted with aluminum cast joints and a steel roll cage the racing chassis of the R8 LMS remains integrated in the basic production process up to and including the stages of roof assembly and cathodic dip painting (CDP), which is a form of priming. Following these production steps, the race cars are completed in Heilbronn-Biberach. The new aerodynamic concept of the Audi R8 LMS for the first time includes a fully lined underfloor and a conceptually integrated rear diffuser.