GTspirit are at the Geneva Motor Show 2015 where we have been treated to the launch of the Audi R8 V10, V10 plus and now the Audi R8 LMS!
This car will replace the current Audi R8 LMS in the GT3 and many other endurance races that span a number of continents. This is not the only GT3 car we have seen at Geneva, with the likes of the Mercedes AMG GT3 in the market. The Audi R8 LMS features enhanced performance and looks that have the same visual aggression as the roadcar. The LMS is lighter and more agile than its predecessor as well as being safer.
Audi uses many production production parts in the new R8 LMS. This makes sense not only from a racing and view but also economically. For example, the V10 engine with 5.2 liters of displacement and a power output of up to 430 kW (585 hp) is built upon the same line as the production unit. It remains nearly unchanged. The Audi R8 LMS may be powered by the same 585 horsepower V10 engine you find in the road car, however, there is an MS 6.4 electronic system which includes engine electronics, traction control and software for the electro-hydraulic gearshift. These modifications have a dramatic impact on how the car performs, setting it far apart from the roadcar.
Aerodynamics are crucial for any racecar, and the Audi R8 LMS is no different. The aero concept of the Audi R8 LMS for includes, for the first time, a fully lined underfloor and an integrated rear diffusor. As a result, the dimensions of the rear wing can be reduced without a corresponding increase of aerodynamic drag.
The Audi R8 LMS will debut events will be the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring (May 16/17) and at Spa (July 25/26).