The racing family of the Audi R8 LMS has received a powerful addition: The new Audi R8 LMS GT2 marks the top end of the range in terms of engine power and top speed. The GT2 concept stands for a unique balance of fascination and lap times that is specifically tailored to suit the needs of gentlemen drivers. As a result, another business segment is opening up for Audi Sport in international GT racing with new opportunities and target groups.
For the first time in the history of Audi Sport customer racing, a race car exists before the relevant championship begins: Audi Sport is presenting the R8 LMS GT2 as early as in mid-2019 for a category that will only come to life in the 2020 season. With it, the brand’s offering has now grown to four models. Besides the GT3 and the GT4 versions of the Audi R8 LMS the Audi RS 3 LMS touring car ranks among the world’s most popular and successful customer racing models bearing the four rings.
The Audi R8 LMS GT2 is almost a little reminiscent of the past: The slim shape of the cockpit and the bodywork featuring the proportions of the Spyder, the spectacular air scoop above the roof, protruding sideblades and the flared fenders emphasize traditional sports car characteristics. The most powerful evolution of the V10 engine with 470 kW (640 hp) has been designed for natural aspiration without an air restrictor. Visually and acoustically, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 exudes a unique fascination in the style of legendary sports cars of the past. At the same time, however, the new race car is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and stands for maximum safety.
The GT2 concept addresses drivers who appreciate the high longitudinal dynamics of powerful sports cars. Both in the future GT2 racing competitions and on Track Days, this new type of race car opens up a uniquely fascinating dimension without competing with current GT3 models in terms of lap times. “In this way, we have created a car specifically for gentleman drivers who have been the backbone of GT racing for decades,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Modern GT3 race cars have increasingly evolved into a class for pros. With the Audi R8 LMS GT2, we are now closing this gap and making a car available that is tailored to meet the needs of this customer group.” Selling for 338,000 euros (plus VAT), the new race car is priced between Audi Sport’s GT4 and GT3 models and can now be ordered. Audi Sport will deliver the first race cars before the end of 2019.