Audi Sport takes the wraps off the new incarnation of the hugely successful Audi R8 LMS GT4.
8 November, 2019
As if the announcement of the new R8 V10 RWD models wasn’t enough, Audi Sport took the covers off the newest incarnation of another rear-wheel supercar, but this one is in pure race spec.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 race car, is directly derived from the production model and share about 60 percent carry-over parts with the road-going version.
Once again produced at Böllinger Höfe at the Neckarsulm plant, it is exclusively intended for privateer drivers and since being introduced in 2018 the R8 LMS GT4, it has claimed as many as 17 titles around the world.
The new version sports visual cues taken directly from the production model, and the new race car’s driving dynamics having likewise been enhanced. The 5.2-litre V10 engine, delivering up to 364kW as specified by the regulations, powers the car via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
For the first time, it sports a system whereby the ABS braking and TC traction control systems can be precisely adjusted, allowing for eight different settings. The driver can individually select these setings, depending on weather, track conditions and tyre grip, during the race, giving them far greater control of the car’s characteristics.
To allow this, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 is equipped with the steering wheel of the GT2 racing version. The two rotary switches for ABS and TC are centrally located in the steering wheel, directly within the drivers’ view. This allows them to immediately respond to new challenges and to configure their personal setup of both systems while keeping their eyes focused on the race track.
As most GT4 racing series prescribe driver changes, individual preferences can be easily and accurately selected before and after the pit stop. With these enhanced setup options, the drivers of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 are now even more competitive. Currently, there are 27 fielding opportunities in America, Asia, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Most of them exist in full-season championships, but also in stand-alone events such as the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and in Dubai. The Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup in Europe and the Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup with rounds in Asia and Australia offer entrants the opportunity to compete against each other in identical cars. In the remainder of the events, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 is pitted against the competition of up to 11 models from other manufacturers, and fields of 40 entrants and more are not uncommon in GT4 racing.
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