The Audi Sport GmbH customer competition program has seen rapid growth: since 2009 it offers the Audi R8 LMS GT3, followed by the second generation of this successful racing car in 2015, and the RS 3 LMS for the TCR class in 2016. Now, the Audi Sport model range is extended once again with the Audi R8 LMS in its GT4 version.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 represents car racing based on production models. Derived directly from the Audi R8 Coupé V10, it is powerful and offers a high level of safety. At the same time, it is an affordable option in terms of purchase price and maintenance costs. It is the ideal race car for amateur drivers, in line with the spirit of the GT4 category regulations, which continues a great tradition since road sports vehicles were the basis of GT races around the world more than half a century.
Fans will be able to see the debut of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring taking place from May 25 to 28. In this way, the brand enters another category of international motorsport in full development. Created in Europe, the GT4 class will go international in 2017, with tests in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 shares more than 60 percent of its elements with the Audi R8 Coupé and is produced in the same factory as Böllinger Höfe. Customers of the new racing car will benefit from the synergies in terms of purchase price and cost of ownership. Audi Sport will develop the GT4 model, which produces up to 364 kW (495 hp) depending on its specifications, during the 2017 season before reaching final homologation for competition. During the second half of the year, the team of Chris Reinke, Head of the Audi Sport customer competition department, will prepare for the production of the new car, so that the first customers can receive the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 before the end of year.
For the new R8 LMS GT4, Audi Sport will use its extensive service network around the world, including logistics for spare parts and professional support. The Audi Sport customer racing department has established this proven infrastructure for the GT3 program on four continents, which is also used for the RS 3 LMS.[sam_pro id = "0_2" codes = "true"]