Audi is unveiling this 2015 racing season a new race car that is already compliant with the requirements of the new GT3 regulations that will take effect next year -- the new Audi R8 LMS. The new Audi R8 LMS is lighter and safer and features more race car technology as well as improved aerodynamics.
Audi commenced testing of the new Audi R8 LMS in spring 2014, as inspired by the first generation racar that won 26 GT3 Championship victories between 2009 and 2014, and additional 23 wins in other classifications and seven overall victories in 24-hour races.
The new R8 LMS already have its racing schedule at the Nürburgring (May 16-17) and at Spa (July 25-26). The developer and builders of the new Audi R8 LMS, quattro GmbH, will open its order books in the second half of 2015 and will deliver the first models by the end of the year.
Audi was able to trim the base weight of the new Audi R8 LMS from 1,250 to 1,225 kilograms despite having to introduce a number of innovations. This was achieved through the intelligent material mix of aluminum in the Audi Space Frame (ASF) that made its weigh just 252 kg. Despite the lightness, the torsional stiffness of the stressed frame was boosted by 39 percent.
Although the material mix in a race car is more complex, Audi was able to integrate the manufacturing process for production and race cars much better it used to. For instance, while the R8 LMS is fitted with aluminum cast joints and a steel roll cage, its racing chassis remains integrated in the basic production process up to and including the stages of roof assembly and cathodic dip painting (CDP).
The V10 engine (5.2 liters of displacement and an output of max 430 kW) leave the same line as the production unit – just like how teams perform during actual races. Its scheduled rebuild interval of 20,000 kilometer has set new standards in racing. Audi’s engineers employ modified or completely new assemblies whenever necessary or as required by the regulations. [source: Audi]