With the new Audi RS 3 Audi Sport customer racing will expand its offering in customer racing starting in the 2017 season. The TCR race car puts customer racing at Audi on an even broader base.

The Audi RS 3 LMS is being developed by Audi Sport customer racing for the relatively new TCR category. In addition to an international TCR series, with some of its races being held as part of FIA Formula One World Championship supporting programmes, more and more national racing series for TCR touring cars are being founded. Even major endurance events like the Nürburgring 24 Hours are now including TCR classes.

Attractive opportunity to get started

“Audi has been active in motorsport on the highest level for generations,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH with responsibility for the Audi R and RS models which Audi sells under the “Audi Sport” label. “With the Audi R8 LMS, Audi, in a very short time, managed to build a successful customer racing programme alongside the factory commitments in the WEC and the DTM. The Audi R8 LMS has since become the market leader in its segment. We have the same plans for the Audi RS 3 LMS, which offers customers an attractive opportunity to get started in fascinating Audi racing.”

“The potential of the TCR market is even larger than that of the GT3 category,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. With the TCR version of the RS 3 we’re also reaching countries where no GT3 races are held. As a result, we’re going to win new customers for Audi Sport as well. In terms of support and parts supply, they’ll benefit from the experiences we’ve been gathering with the Audi R8 LMS since 2009, which our GT3 customers have come to appreciate.”