Audi’s customer racing program began in 2009. Initially, Audi Sport customer racing with the R8 LMS focused on the globally growing GT3 category. At the end of 2016, the teams were able to purchase the Audi RS 3 LMS for the TCR touring car class for the first time. Since the end of 2017, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 has been an additional pillar of the customer racing program. In 2019, Audi Sport presents the R8 LMS GT2. Hence the current program rests on four pillars.
The portfolio of Audi Sport customer racing is diverse, and the product range modern and closely oriented to the needs of the teams. The Audi RS 3 LMS delivering up to 257 kW (350 hp) nationally and internationally offers professional opportunities to enter touring car racing at moderate costs. 2019 marks its third season. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 targets amateur drivers who would like to contest sprint or endurance races with an attractive, production-based sports car. In 2018, its debut year, teams won ten worldwide titles with the sports car that delivers up to 364 kW (495 hp). The GT3 model of the Audi R8 LMS presents itself as a new version in 2019. The race car delivering up to 430 kW (585 hp) is available as an evolution. The teams benefit from even better drivability. The Audi R8 LMS GT2, presented in 2019 as well, with power output of 470 kW (640 hp) complements the lineup upward. It specifically addresses gentleman drivers and sports car enthusiasts who thus also experience a new form of fascination on Track Days.
Audi is one of the most attractive manufacturers in international customer racing. Between 2009 and 2018, Audi Sport customer racing built a total of 563 race cars across all model ranges. Since 2015, Audi Sport customer racing has presented at least one new or updated model each year. The program that is both a racing and business success has become firmly established around the globe. In addition to the products, support is another key selling point for many teams: five contractual partners – two in Asia, one in Australia, one in the United States and one in Canada – cover the regional supply and support to the teams around the world while Audi Sport customer racing based in Neuburg an der Donau takes care of the European markets.