The 2016 Audi R8 LMS racecar has made its debut in Asia after being unveiled during a special event organized in Hong Kong. The track-only machine was dressed in the Phoenix Racing livery and will compete from November 19 to 22 in the city street race in Macau where it will be driven by Marchy Lee, the third-place finisher in the 2015 Audi R8 LMS Cup. The new generation R8 LMS is already available on order and customer teams can get it for next year’s Audi R8 LMS Cup season as well as for other racing competitions.
Needless to say, it’s based on the second-gen R8 road-going supercar and compared to its predecessor it has lost 25 kg which means that it now weighs as little as 1,225 kg. Despite being lighter than before, the new racecar packs a lot more safety kit as it’s the first GT3-spec car to come with a plastic crash element made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic along with a roof rescue opening, quick-adjustable foot lever system and a length-adjustable steering column.
Made by quattro GmbH, the new Audi R8 LMS uses the road car’s V10 5.2-liter normally aspirated engine but in race specification it churns 585 HP and is mated to a revised 6-speed paddle shift gearbox.
There’s no word right now regarding pricing for Asian markets, but in Europe it costs €359,000 (plus VAT) while with the optional starter and parts package the price increases to €398,000 (plus VAT).