When we first learned that Audi was going to being selling its mighty R8 LMS, we naturally go pretty giddy. However, we never thought it would sell so well. The Audi R8 LMS is the GT3-spec race car variant of Audi’s mid-engine supercar. It’s bought by racing teams and people who have the budget and would like to go proper racing. And anyone who wants to buy the R8 LMS, must fork over around $342,712.
At that high price, it’s genuinely surprising that the four-ringed brand has now sold its 200th Audi R8 LMS GT3 car. “We’re proud of this mark of 200 cars,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of quattro GmbH that develops and produces the race car. “With more than ten manufacturers offering their products, including many premium sports car brands, the GT3 market is fiercely competitive in many countries. The demand shows that both our product and our services are focused on the customer and absolutely competitive.”
Customer sport racing teams are going crazy over the Audi R8 LMS and there’s good reason for that — it wins races. Since the R8 LMS’ first generation (we’re now in gen-two), it’s won 28 overall championships worldwide, more than any other car in that time. In addition, there are 34 class titles, nine overall victories in 24-hour races, plus four successes in 12-hour competitions. That’s one helluva resume, giving customers good reason put their money down on Audi.
But the victories aren’t new. They started with the first-generation, which was incredibly successful, and that paved the way for the success of the second-gen. “When our new model was launched last year, many teams opted for the Audi R8 LMS – and inquiries from many parts of the world continue to be received in large numbers. Our teams and drivers have been battling for victories and championship titles around the globe ever since the new race car’s first full season.”
Needless to say, the Audi R8 LMS is a great racing car. What’s more, the Audi R8 road car actually shares most of its parts with the LMS, with very little between the two. In fact, both cars’ chassis are built on the same manufacturing line at the “Böllinger Höfe” plant and both cars share about 50 percent of the same components, including the nearly-unchanged 5.2 liter V10 engine. So if you can’t afford the Audi R8 LMS, you might just have to settle for the standard Audi R8.