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Audi R8 LMS at the Geneva Motor Show: New R8 in a brawny GT3 outfit

Geneva Motor Show 2020
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Just a few hours after the unveiling of the M ercedes AMG GT3 has countered Audi in Geneva with its own new GT3 weapon. The Audi R8 LMS - based on the R8 road model also presented in Geneva - must have a successful legacy. Since its introduction in 2009, the previous version had won a total of 26 championship titles in various GT series as well as 7 overall victories in 24-hour races.

The Audi racing department from Neckarsulm has delivered a total of 130 cars in 5 years. Now there is finally the successor. The new Audi R8 LMS should deliver advances in all areas. Aerodynamics, weight, chassis, safety - the Audi engineers lend a hand everywhere to continue supplying customers with a competitive racing car in the future.

5.2 liter V10 in the Audi R8 LMS with 585 hp

In the new Audi R8 LMS, the technicians have incorporated a lot of know-how from the LMP1 project, which is particularly reflected in the lightweight construction. Despite the additional weight brought about by the increased performance, it was possible to reduce the basic weight of the racing car from 1,250 to 1,225 kilograms. Structural components and the steel roll cage alone make the chassis around 30 kilograms lighter. At the same time, the torsional stiffness of the supporting frame has increased by 39 percent.

The new Audi R8 LMS already exceeds the safety requirements of the regulations for 2016. Thanks to a modified structure of the front end and a CFRP crash element used for the first time in the rear, it is met the GT3 racer meets the crash test requirements that apply to the much lighter Le Mans prototypes (LMP) such as the Audi R18.

The Audi R8 LMS is powered by the 5.2 liter V10. The same 585 hp unit is used almost unchanged in the production model. The 6-speed gearbox with rocker switch is a completely new development. It is significantly lighter than its predecessor. Electronics and software have also been adapted for racing.

Underbody and diffuser produce more downforce

Clearly from the outside The modifications in terms of aerodynamics are more noticeable. The subfloor isfully disguised. Due to the increased downforce of the fully integrated diffuser, the rear wing can be smaller, which helps with air resistance. An optimized flow through the front end and into the cockpit improves the cooling of the drive and the pilot.

The Audi R8 LMS is built just like the production model in Heilbronn. The GT3 sports car will make its debut on the racetrack this year. The first outings are planned for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in mid-May and the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps at the end of July. In the second half of the year, Audi will then accept the first customer orders. The first Audi R8 LMS of the second generation should be delivered before the end of 2015. The racing R8 can be ordered at a price of 359,000 euros (plus VAT). In addition, Audi is offering the car including a starter and parts package for a total price of 398,000 euros (plus VAT).


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