Audi has launched the Audi R8 LMS GT4 ahead of its showing at the New York International Auto Show, the latest model in Audi Sport’s customer racing programme.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 has directly been derived from the road-approved Audi R8 Coupé V10, is powerful and offers a high level of safety. Audi says it is an “affordable” choice in terms of purchasing price and cost of ownership.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 shares more than 60 percent of its assembly components with the road-approved Audi R8 Coupé and is produced at the Böllinger Höfe site as well. Customers of the new race car benefit from these synergies in terms of purchasing price and cost of ownership.
The new Audi R8 LMS GT4 is set to make its racing debut at the Nürburgring 24 Hours from May 25 to 28. The GT4 class, which originated in Europe, will be intensively marketed on an international scale starting in 2017, with fielding opportunities in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. “13 racing series in which GT4 models can compete worldwide already exist today worldwide,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “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.”
Audi Sport is developing the GT4 model, which delivers up to 364 kW (495 PS) depending on its rating, during the course of the 2017 season before a final homologation level has been achieved and approval for racing is requested. During the second half of the year, the team of Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, will be preparing the production of the race car. Audi’s first customers will be able to receive the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 before the end of 2017.