The 2016 Audi R8 LMS has been introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, after making its online debut earlier this week. Many things have changed with the new racecar as it’s the first GT3 car to come with a rear crash element produced from CFRP – carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Thanks to this hardware, the new R8 LMS offers a high level of safety and can even pass the crash tests of a LMP1 car.
Moreover, it has gained an Audi Protection Series PS1 seat installed directly on the car’s chassis as a method to boost stiffness. There’s also a roof rescue opening which has been installed for the first time on a GT3 car. Audi’s engineers have also installed a height- and length-adjustable steering column as well as a quick-adjustable foot lever system.
Despite the added hardware to make the car even safer, the 2016 Audi R8 LMS is 25 kg lighter than the model it will replace staring the 2016 season which means that it now tips the scales at 1,225 kg. Even more impressive is the fact that the chassis is now 30 kg lighter (at 252 kg) while the torsional stiffness has increased by 39%.
Power comes from the same V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine which can be tuned to produce as much as 585 HP sent to the wheels through an updated six-speed transmission equipped with paddle shifters.
Available on order in the second half of the year, the 2016 Audi R8 LMS will be produced by quattro GmbH and will start reaching customers late 2015.