Audi Sport premiered the GT4 version of its R8 LMS race car last week, a day before the New York International Auto Show. It’s the newest addition to the Audi Sport customer racing program. Audi has offered the Audi R8 LMS GT3 racecar since 2009, followed by the second generation of this successful model in 2015, and the RS 3 LMS for the TCR category in 2016.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 stands for production-based racing. Directly derived from the road-approved Audi R8 Coupe V10, the GT4 is powerful and offers a high level of safety, according to Audi.
In racing, the audience will be able to see the production-based Audi R8 LMS GT4 for the first time in the Nürburgring 24 Hours from May 25-28. With that, the brand fills another growth category in international motorsport, according to Audi. 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.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 shares more than 60 percent of its assembly components with the road-approved Audi R8 Coupe and is produced at the Böllinger Höfe site as well.
Audi Sport is developing the GT4 model, which delivers up to 495 horsepower 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, Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing, and his team will be preparing the production of the race car. Consequently, the first customers will be able to receive the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 before the end of the year, according to Audi.
Around the globe, Audi Sport draws on an extensive network of service, spare parts logistics and professional support for the R8 LMS GT4. Audi Sport customer racing has established this infrastructure for the GT3 project on four continents and, like for the RS 3 LMS, uses this proven network for the GT4 model range as well.