For the average customer, and even above average customer, the Audi R8 is all the performance car anyone will ever need and then some. Even on a track, the standard R8 V10 and V10 Plus are far more capable than even some advanced drivers. But for the few customers who want to take their car to the race track and seriously compete, Audi has just the car. The Audi R8 LMS.
Having just clinched the overall 24 hour victory at the 24 hour Nurburgring and placing on the podium twice at the Spa 24 hour race, the Audi R8 LMS race car will be open for customers to order. “Due to races like these Audi Sport customer racing has developed the Audi R8 LMS in toughest conditions to the level of readiness for customer use. Concurrently, our engineers successfully completed all tests and trials and determined the final specification,” says Heinz Hollerweger, Managing Director of quattro GmbH
The standard road-going version, as well as the GT3 racing version, of the Audi R8’s chassis are built in the same Audi site Böllinger Höfe facility near Neckarsulm. Half of the parts used to develop the chassis are shared between the road car and the race car. Audi has gone through extensive concept development to make this happen.
“Since 2009, Audi has been producing GT3 race cars for customers around the world. In the new R8 LMS, we’re again offering our customers an absolutely competitive concept,” says Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. Starting now, customers can order their Audi R8 LMS, with its 585 hp naturally-aspirated V10, for an eye-watering 359,000 Euros (Plus VAT), and Audi Sport will offer a package which includes the R8 LMS as well as a starter and parts package for 398,000 Euros.
Production of the Audi R8 LMS begins September 21st with lucky customers taking deliveries starting October 26th. Whoever has nearly 400,000 Euros to shell out for a track-only racing car is not only crazy but my hero. Good for you, lucky future owner of an Audi R8 LMS, whoever you are.