Audi has this past weekend revealed the R8 LMS GT2 racing car at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of Audi Sport, Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing, and nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen officially unveiled the new sports car.
Created to participate in the forthcoming GT2 class of the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO), which is expected to kick-off in Europe and North America in 2020, aiming to fill a gap between the existing GT3 and GT4 categories, the V10-powered racing machine delivers an output of 640 bhp – the most powerful in the eleven-year history of Audi’s customer racing program.
Externally, the R8 LMS GT2 features the same proportions as the regular road-going R8 Spyder, upon which it is based, but it also gets, among other things, a special air scoop above the roof, enlarged sideblades, flared fenders, and, of course, an elaborate rear spoiler.
There’s also a bigger radiator at the front complete with optimised air flow channels; unlike the GT3 and GT4, the vents are on the right and left, causing the air to flow past the windshield in order to avoid thermal conflicts with the engine’s air intake on the roof.
With a dry weight of 1,350 kg, the vehicle also tips the scales at 100 kg less than, for example, the GT4 version.
On the inside, the cabin features a steel roll cage as well as safety nets on the sides to provide another increase in protection. A camera-based digital rear-view mirror is also incorporated because the race car has no rear window due to the voluminous intake system. The construction of the doors – made entirely of carbon-fibre – is new too.
Audi Sport says it will start delivering the first R8 LMS GT2s to customers in December.