After being officially introduced in Geneva last week, the 2016 Audi R8 LMS has arrived in France at the Paul Ricard track. It was brought there on the occasion of the official testing for this year’s Blancpain Endurance Series and as you can see the car wasn’t wearing any livery. Production will commence in the second half of the year and the cars will be put together by quattro GmbH.
Its heart and soul is the same naturally aspirated V10 5.2-liter engine which can develop up to 585 HP (430 kW). The engine is teamed up with a new six-speed transmission equipped with shift paddles while the redesigned chassis is now 30 kg (66 lbs) lighter than before, thus tipping the scales at 252 kg (555 lbs). Audi has announced the car weighs 1,225 kg (2,700 lbs) so it’s 25 kg (55 lbs) lighter than before even though it has gained a roof-mounted rescue opening and carbon fiber reinforced plastic rear crash element.
The added safety-related equipment has helped the 2016 Audi R8 LMS meet the more demanding crash test requirements applied on a LMP car such as the R18 e-tron quattro. It also comes with an Audi Protection PS1 seat mounted directly on the car’s chassis to enhance stiffness.
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