Next generation RS 3 LMS

First look at the second generation Audi RS 3 LMS.

Although still heavily disguised, Audi Sport has offered a tantalising first look at the second generation RS 3 LMS race car.

8 February, 2021


The RS 3 LMS has been a top performer for Audi Sport since its arrival in 2016

Although series production of its newest race car is still some time away, Audi Sport has offered a sneak peek of the second generation RS 3 LMS car. The car wears the distinctive and extensive Audi camouflage given that the new road going venison of the RS 3 Sedan is yet to be released, but nevertheless gives a tantalising look at what’s to come for TCR racing worldwide from the end of the year.

The ongoing success of the first generation RS 3 LMS is well documented, having claimed 764 podium places in 1051 races worldwide, including 279 victories – and all this in just four years. In addition it has  taken 16 titles drivers’ titles and 38 championships during that time and with the TCR seasons back underway for 2021, including the Australian TCR Championship, those impressive figures are sure to grow throughout the year.

The RS 3 LMS has been a top performer for Audi Sport since its arrival in 2016 and with 180 of the first generation cars built, it is the largest production run of a first gen Audi Sport racer.

“The development goals for our latest model focused on the customers,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Whether it’s about running times or setup options, safety or ergonomics – we want to offer the teams a car that is even more of a race car than before.” 

In accordance with the TCR regulations, the new car will once again be driven through its front wheels by a 2.0-ltre, four-cylinder turbo engine. The engine produces a maximum 250kW at 6250rpm and up to 420Nm of torque at 2500rpm. 

The powerplant is an almost completely standard unit that comes off the production line at the Audi Győr site in Hungary, and its crank drive, valve train, engine block and cylinder head are all standard, as are the intake manifold, turbocharger and fuel injection system. 

The body which is based on the road-going RS 3 Sedan is built of a combination of carbon fibre, sheet steel and aluminium and features a reinforced steel body with a welded in steel safety cell with a rescue hatch integrated in the roof. The car features a roll cage which is made up of 18 individual steel tubes that add up to a length of 25.781 metres. 

Compared to the production model, the fenders and front and rear aprons designed for racing are made of CFRP and for the first time, the rear window is no longer made off glass but high- strength and lightweight Makrolon as standard. Interestingly, the driver’s window must comply with the road-going version under the rules, which means that the RS 3 LMS is a race car that uses an electric driver’s window.

The powerplant is an almost completely standard unit that comes off the production line at the Audi Győr site in Hungary

Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing.

The newly designed light-alloy wheels of the Audi RS 3 LMS in titanium grey are the same colour as the wheels of the standard RS models

The RS 3 LMS runs a sequential six-speed racing transmission with braking duties taken care of by a hydraulic dual-circuit braking system with adjustable brake pressure distribution, steel brake discs front (378 x 34mm) and rear (272 x 12mm). 

The newly designed light-alloy wheels of the Audi RS 3 LMS in titanium grey are the same colour as the wheels of the standard RS models. 

“With its new transmission, advanced chassis and many other solutions, the RS 3 LMS has an even stronger race car character than before,” says Chris Reinke.

“We came up with a lot of ideas that will benefit the privateers in everyday racing. Individual changes to the chassis kinematics can now be made in minutes and give teams an advantage under time pressure, for example in qualifying. A more ergonomic cockpit supports the driver even better. The car is more of a race car than before, more robust and safer.”

The new Audi RS 3 LMS will now undergo extensive testing for the bulk of 2021 to finalise every aspect of the car before going into production for delivery to customers worldwide for the commencement of 2022 seasons.