Audi shows off second generation R8 LMS ultra in new gallery

Audi has released several images with the second generation of the R8 LMS ultra racecar. It recently obtained its very first win on the track with a one-two victory last weekend in the VLN endurance championship at the Nürburgring in Germany where Christopher Mies and Nico Müller took top spot in the second race, followed by their teammates Pierre Kaffer and Laurens Vanthoor.

Needless to say, the track-only car is based on the road-going Audi R8 and compared to its predecessor it has managed to shave off 25 kg so it now weighs 1,225 kg. This is a great achievement taking into account the new Audi R8 LMS ultra is considerably safer than the model it replaces as it’s the first GT3 car to have a carbon fiber reinforced plastic crash element. It also benefits from an Audi Protection Series PS1 seat bolted directly to the chassis while the roof has a rescue opening, representing a novelty for a GT3-spec car.

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Its heart and soul is the familiar V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces as much as 585 PS (430 kW) sent to the wheels with help from a new 6-speed transmission equipped with paddle shifters. The model is being built by quattro and will be commercially available in the second half of the year while deliveries are slated to commence towards the end of the year.

Adrian Padeanu

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