The evolution of the Audi R8 LMS in 2019 completed its first full year in worldwide racing and fulfilled all expectations. Audi Sport customer racing teams won the Dubai 24 Hours and the Gulf 12 Hours with the GT3 race car in 2019. In strategic commitments, Audi Sport together with its partners decided the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the fifth time and the Suzuka 10 Hours for the first time in its favor. Title successes in Australia, Germany, Central Europe and Thailand round out the tally of the young race car to date.
These successes, which Audi Sport customer racing scored against fiercest competition of up to twelve brands, validate the direction in which the development was headed. “We systematically developed the evolution so that customers would be able to make even better use of the race car,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Especially the current aero pack enables greater handling consistency in diverse fielding areas.” The successes claimed by amateur drivers in particular show that Audi Sport achieved its objectives.
The modifications are also paying off economically. The durability of the drive line has been enhanced and the maintenance intervals for the clutch and transmission have been extended. As a result, the Audi R8 LMS is a gain for its owners both in terms of racing and economy. Whether teams already own a second-generation Audi R8 LMS or purchase a new model: The modifications benefit everyone and can also be retrofitted to existing race cars. Since November 2018, Audi Sport has been delivering the new race car at a price of 398,000 euros (plus VAT).
With this race car Audi Sport and the customer teams are again contesting ambitious international programs in the 2020 season. The Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) including the Spa 24 Hours plus the Nürburgring 24 Hours are again included in Audi Sport’s program this year. Customers around the globe represent the brand in national and regional championships and keep using internationally outstanding events in order to compete with the world’s best teams.