Even though Audi have backed out of future Le Mans races, but the Audi RS3 LMS has been sold on to customer teams, and deliveries have already begun.
At the beginning of December, Audi Sport delivered two Audi RS3 LMS models to Cadspeed-Racing and Speed Factory Racing Team. Their first season is set to start with a 24-hour race in Dubai in the middle of January, so it won’t be long before we see an Audi car on the tarmac again.
“Following successful development and testing, production of the RS 3 LMS was launched at the end of November,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “The delivery of the first cars to customer teams is a special moment for this project that is still young. We are delighted about the great demand and already very excited about the first races of the RS 3 LMS in the customer’s hand.”
If you feel like you’ve got enough cash in the bank to buy one of these models, you’re looking at somewhere between 99,000 euros (plus VAT) and 129,000 euros (plus VAT) depending on which model you go for – and there’s three to choose from.
The cheapest model you can get is the Club Sport variant, but if you’re willing to spend a bit more you can get the TCR variant with S-tronic direct-shift transmission. What you’re most likely to see on the racetrack is the top-price TCR variant with a sequential six-speed racing transmission.