Audi has unveiled its new R8-based LMS racer that will compete at the 24-hour
races at the Nurburgring and Spa.
The 2015 R8 LMS race car already meets the requirements of the new GT3 regulations to be introduced in 2016. According to the brand with the four rings, the new Audi R8 LMS is lighter and safer than ever before.
The first racing commitments of the new R8 LMS such as the 24-hour races at the Nurburgring (May 16/17) and at Spa (July 25/26) have already been scheduled. quattro GmbH that develops and assembles the race cars will begin to take customer orders in the second half of the year and is planning to deliver the first models of the second generation by the end of 2015.
The base weight of the race car has been reduced to 2700 lbs. (1,225 kilograms). The mix of aluminum in the Audi Space Frame (ASF), a structural CFRP component and the steel roll cage alone make the chassis about 66 lbs. (30 kilograms) lighter - now weighing 555 lbs. (252 kilograms). At the same time, the torsional stiffness of the stressed frame has increased by 39 percent.
5.2-Liter V10 Engine from Production R8
The race car's V10 engine with 5.2 liters of displacement leaves the same line as the production unit. It remains nearly unchanged and has a scheduled rebuild interval of 12,000 miles (20,000 kilometers).
Fully Lined Underfloor
The new aerodynamic concept of the Audi R8 LMS for the first time includes a fully lined underfloor and a conceptually integrated rear diffusor. As a result, the dimensions of the rear wing can be reduced without a corresponding increase of aerodynamic drag.