Premiere in New York: Audi Sport introduces the Audi R8 LMS as GT4 version on April 11 in the run up to the New York International Auto Show. The public then sees the production based GT sports car in its first race at the 24 hours around the Nürburgring from May 25-28.
Keyfacts Audi R8 LMS GT4
After GT3 and TCR, the brand now provides a race car for the GT4 category. With up to 364 kW (495 hp) it is the ideal entry level model for amateurs in GT racing. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 is based more than 60 per cent on the Audi R8 Coupé V10. It is also built in the same production facility at the Böllinger Höfen.
The V10 power unit in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 originates directly from the production line model. Subject to classification within the framework of the valid regulations, it produces up to 364 kW (495 hp). It is extremely durable – just like the GT3 power plant that must only be serviced after 10,000 kilometres and rebuilt after 20,000 kilometres. Many customers subsequently complete additional mileage cycles with their engines in motorsport. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 7-gear dual-clutch transmission.
Audi leaves nothing to chance where safety is concerned: from the optional tyre pressure warning system via the Audi sport customer racing PS3 safety seat to the safety nets, a longitudinally adjustable seat and the roof hatch for rescue and recovery operations after accidents – the Audi R8 LMS GT4 offers the highest standards. The steel roll-cage is connected to the aluminium-CFRP hybrid Audi Space Frame. An FT3 safety fuel cell and a splash-free quick fill motorsport-refuelling coupling complete the safety package. The cockpit provides the best ergonomics and all the modern solutions for data logging and analysis. Be it in manufacturing, servicing or maintenance: the customer benefits directly from many synergies within the production network and Audi Sport’s customer racing programme.