Order books for the 2016 Audi R8 LMS have just opened following the vehicle’s debut back at the Geneva Motor Show 2015 in March.

On a pricing front, customers can order the race car for 359,000 euros (US$402,327) while Audi Sport customer racing offers a slightly more expensive version complete with a starter and parts package for 398,000 euros (US$446,000). Production of the new R8 LMS will commence on September 21 with the first customer deliveries taking place on October 26. By the end of March 2016, Audi is planning on producing 45 R8 GT3 models.

Interestingly, the chassis for the road-going 2016 Audi R8 and the R8 LMS racer are both manufactured at Audi’s Bollinger Hofe facility. This is because about 50 per cent of the parts from the road car are identical to the R8 LMS.

Discussing the car, head of Audi Sport customer racing Romolo Liebchen said “Since 2009, Audi has been producing GT3 race cars for customers around the world. In the new R8 LMS, we’re again offering our customers an absolutely competitive concept.”

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