Audi has just launched the new R8 RWD, but its racing sibling R8 LMS GT4 unveiled at the same time caught our attention even more.
The revised R8 LMS GT4 shares around 60% of the components with standard R8 launched a year ago. Under the bonnet is the naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine which develops 488 hp and 550 Nm of maximum torque as complied with the FIA regulations. The engine is combined with rear-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddles on the steering wheel.
The new racer allows precise adjustments on the ABS braking and TC traction control systems – an innovation in the marque. Each system comes with eight different settings for the driver to select individually according to weather, track conditions, tyre grip, etc. during the race. Two rotary switches are mounted in the centre of the steering wheel borrowed from the GT2 variant.
Currently, there are 27 series on five continents, including America, Asia, Australia, Europe and South Africa to race the R8 LMS GT4. It’s also eligible to enter standalone 24-hour races at the Nurburgring and Dubai. The previous model has glorious proven track records, with 17 winning titles in competitions around the world.