Audi introduces R8 LMS GT4, debut at Nürburgring 24h
Audi introduces the GT4 version of their successful R8 LMS race car. The car will have its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show (April 14-23) while the competitive debut of Audi R8 LMS GT4 will follow at Nürburgring 24h race at the end of May.
Third model in Audi Sport’s customer program
With the introduction of the R8 LMS GT4, Audi Sport’s customer program will have a significant growth from two to three models. Audi has been offering the R8 LMS GT3 race car since 2009, followed by the second generation of this model in 2015, and the RS3 LMS for the TCR category in 2016. Now Audi Sport’s portfolio of models has been extended once again.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 has been derived from the road-legal Audi R8 Coupe V10. They shared more than 60 percent of assembly components. The customers of the new race car benefit from these synergies in terms of purchasing price and cost of ownership. The GT4 model delivers up to 364 kW (495 HP). As quattro four-wheel drive is prohibited in the GT4 class, Audi Sport utilizes a 7-speed double-clutch transmission combined with rear-wheel drive.
Competitive debut at the famous Nürburgring 24 hours
The R8 LMS GT4 will have its competitive debut at the Nürburgring 24 hours from May 25 to 28. After that race, Audi is planning expansion to world’s markets, starting from Europe, where the GT4 class is the most popular, but also in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
“Thirteen racing series in which GT4 models can compete worldwide already exist today worldwide. 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,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.