For the Audi R8, the development of production models and racing cars goes hand in hand – in keeping with the principle that the racetrack is the best laboratory for volume production. In parallel with the volume production high-performance sports car, the Audi R8 LMS GT3 – the GT3-category racing car for customer sports activities – was updated.
The Audi engineers made improvements to the aerodynamics, brake cooling, clutch and transmission. The GT3 racing car from Audi Sport customer racing shares just under 50 percent of its parts with the production vehicle; the V10 engine is virtually identical in both cars. The Audi R8 LMS GT4, which has complemented the range since 2017, is even more closely related.
The success story of the GT3
Audi entered the world of customer motorsports nine years ago, with the predecessor of the Audi R8 LMS GT3. More than 200 specimens of the first and second generations of the GT3 racing car have been produced and delivered to customers all over the world since 2009.
The track record shows that Audi’s strategy is proving successful in the tough field of motor racing. Until October 2018, the pilots of the Audi R8 LMS won 59 overall driver rankings and 72 further titles in class rankings. The GT3 racing car has proven its endurance qualities at the world’s toughest long-distance competitions. The Audi pilots have achieved the overall victory in 24-hour races eleven times. Seven victories at 12-hour races and three wins at 25-hour races round off the track record of the GT3 sports car so far. It is also the racing car used in the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup, with which the brand has won many new customers in Asia since 2012.
Growth spurt: the Audi R8 LMS GT4
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 brought a new boost to Audi Sport customer racing. It has been available to customers all over the world since the 2018 season. With more than 60 percent of shared parts, it is even more closely related to the road sports car than the GT3 variant. The V10 engine of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 can output up to 364 kW (495 metric horsepower) – depending on its classification in the context of the valid balance of performance, which is to enable balanced competition between all racing cars. Attractive markets for the Audi R8 LMS GT4 already exist in North America, Europe and Asia. The GT4 model also competes in the two brand cups, the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup and the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup.
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