Audi has just announced a new Audi R8 model at the New York International Auto Show.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 world premiere looks extremely similar to the road-going Audi R8 Coupé V10 – except for a few minor details. Audi Sport’s customer racing program has been experiencing rapid growth, but the R8 LMS GT3 from 2015 was feeling outdated.
“The Audi R8 LMS GT4 stands for production-based racing,” an Audi spokesperson said, “It is the ideal race car for amateur campaigners.”
The new model will be hitting the track for the first time in the Nürburgring 24 Hours from 25 – 28 May. Don’t expect the appearances to end there though, Audi Sport will be aggressively marketing this car for customer racing teams with opportunities already arising in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
“[There are] thirteen racing series in which the GT4 models can compete worldwide.”
STEPHAN WINKELMANN – MANAGING DIRECTOR, AUDI SPORT
By sharing more than 60 percent of its assembly components with the road-approved R8 Coupé, customers of the new race car will benefit from a lower purchasing price and cost of ownership.
Audi Sport is developing the GT4 model, which delivers up to 495bhp, during 2017 before submitting the car for racing approval. During the second half of this year, Chris Reinke – Head of Audi Sport customer racing – and his team will be preparing the production of the race car. The first customers will receive their models before the end of this year.
“Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time. These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league.” – Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport.