After being announced last week, the all-new Audi R8 LMS has been officially unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It represents the first GT3 ever to come with a rear crash element made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic which has enabled the model to meet the more demanding crash test requirements applied for LMP1 cars, such as the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.
It benefits from an Audi Protection Series PS1 seat which has been bolted directly onto the chassis in order to increase stiffness while the roof has gained a rescue opening, something which hasn’t been seen before on a GT3 car. Moreover, the all-new Audi R8 LMS comes with a height and length adjustable safety steering column along with a quick adjustable foot lever system.
Even though Audi has added several new items, the new R8 LMS is actually lighter than the model it’s set to replace as it has lost 25 kg so now it weighs 1,225 kg. Moreover, the torsional stiffness has been increased by 39% while the chassis is now around 30 kg lighter, at 252 kg.
Motivation for the all-new Audi R8 LMS is provided by the same 5.2-liter V10 engine which can deliver up to 585 HP. It will work with a revised 6-speed gearbox equipped with paddle shifters.
The car will be available on order in the second half of 2015, while deliveries will begin towards the end of the year after quattro GmbH will kick off production.