Audi R8 LMS Race Car Revealed

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

A spectacular sports car, the R8 has also developed an impressive reputation in motorsports, so it comes as no surprise that with the launch of a new generation model the racer isn’t far behind.

In fact, it’s right on the bumper of the new 2017 model, debuting just moments after that car took the spotlight today at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

Built to meet new FIA GT3 regulations the new Audi R8 LMS is lighter and safer than before, with new technology and aerodynamics (badass aerodynamics if do say so ourselves).

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The car’s new weight has been reduced roughly 50 lbs to 2,700 lbs thanks in part to a new aluminum and carbon fiber structure that, when combined with the steel roll cage, sheds 66 lbs.

If your much of a mathematician you’ll quickly realize that those numbers don’t add up. That’s because extra weight has been added to the car through new safety innovations that include a new carbon fiber crash box, Audi’s “Audi Protection Seat PS 1” borrowed from the R18 prototype race car, as well as a new roof opening adapted from DTM cars that allows for easy removal of the driver’s helmet in a crash without unnecessarily twisting his/her neck.

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As for the aerodynamics the car now gains a full underfloor tray and integrated rear diffuser, allowing for a smaller rear wing with less drag. Audi says the airflow rate and surface area of the front radiator have increased 10 percent, while more fresh air is brought into the cockpit to keep the driver alert.

As for the engine, the factory V10 remains mostly unchanged in the LMS model, with the 5.2-liter unit making 585 hp.

R8 race cars will be available to order by teams starting in Q3 with deliveries before the end of 2015.

The new R8 LMS will first hit the track at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race on May 16/17 looking to live up to the original car’s 26 GT3 Championships.

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. Find Colum on <a href="">Twitter.</a>

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