2018 Paris Motor Show: New Audi R8 LMS GT3 is second evolution of R8 LMS

Article by Christian A., on October 4, 2018

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.

Press Release

World premiere in Paris: new evolution of Audi R8 LMS for customer racing

Audi Sport customer racing presents its fourth new 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 on October 2, 2018. Michael-Julius Renz, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, and Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, revealed the model with the international exhibition visitors looking on. The new 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 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. “The pre-design stage for the second evolution of our current model generation centered on many discussions with our teams.” In addition to the pros who are successful with the 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 Sport concentrated on providing these customers with an even better technical base than before. Optimization of the 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 pays off both in terms of racing and economy: Moderate modifications of the overall 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 model: the changes benefit everyone and 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 at a sales price of 398,000 euros (plus VAT). The evolution kit for retrofitting older model generations costs 28,000 euros (plus VAT). Following FIA homologation, the race cars will be battling internationally for points, victories and titles starting in January.

Source: Audi

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