In just four years, Audi Sport customer racing is already unveiling its fourth race car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Introducing the new Audi R8 LMS GT3, the newest evolution of the carmaker’s second-generation Audi R8 LMS.
After introduced in 2015, the second-gen Audi R8 LMS race car quickly made a name in different major endurance races, like those in Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca and Nurburgring, as well as in Sepang and Spa. It managed to get a number of championship titles, as well as wins in the FIA GT World Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge.
In 2016, Audi Sport followed up the heavily successful Audi R8 LMS with the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR touring car. Then last year, Audi Sport launched an evolved version of the Audi R8 LMS -- the Audi R8 LMS GT4 sports car. Now, the Audi R8 LMS has further been evolved into a new form – its second evolution -- in the persona of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 that was recently unveiled at Paris.
Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, remarked that during the development of the second evolution of the current-generation Audi R8 LMS, Audi Sport placed more focus on its customers and their needs. He noted that during the pre-design stage, Audi Sport held several discussions with customer teams. Audi Sport went on to consult professional drivers who achieved great success with the Audi R8 LMS.
Also consulted were amateur drivers who secured class victories or overall titles across the world, such as in America, Asia, Australia, Europe as well as in New Zealand. Thanks to their inputs, Audi Sport managed to create a new evolution of the Audi R8 LMS that is tailored closely to customer requirements in terms of technology and operating costs.
The Audi R8 LMS GT3 was developed using a better technical base. Thanks to optimized levels of aerodynamics and cooling, the R8 LMS GT3 is now more consistent in several dynamic driving conditions. To ensure greater economy, Audi Sport also focused on the durability of the power transmission elements. To achieve this, the overall concept of the car was moderately modified while the service intervals for the clutch and transmission R8 LMS GT3 were made longer.
Unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show by Reinke and Michael-Julius Renz, Managing Director of Audi Sport, the first units of the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 will be delivered to the customer starting November. An all-new Audi R8 LMS GT3 can be ordered for EUR398,000 (plus VAT). For those who have older generation models, the can have their cars retrofitted with an evolution kit that costs around EUR28,000 (plus VAT). The new R8 LMS GT3 will homologated for FIA races, and will able to take part in races starting January 2019.