Second generation Audi R8 LMS announced

Announced together with the 2015 Audi R8 V10, R8 V10 Plus and the R8 e-tron, the second generation R8 LMS is here and comes with some big improvements. The car has been developed by some of the engineers who worked on the road-going second generation R8 and also by a team of engineers specialized in the LMS variant of the iconic supercar.

The road-legal and track-only R8 share approximately 50% of the same parts but the race is substantially lighter as it tips the scales at 1,225 kg (2,700 lbs). It uses the same V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine which in this application generates around 585 HP (430 kW), depending on regulations and the restrictor required.

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The second generation Audi R8 LMS adopts the usual rear-wheel drive GT3 configuration and is based on a multi-material Audi Space Frame with an outer shell made mainly from carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) while inside the stripped out cabin there’s a safety cage.

Audi says the new R8 LMS will be available to customer teams starting with the 2016 season and until then the race car will go through a series of extensive tests by the works team during international sprint and long-distance races.

Note: First generation Audi R8 LMS pictured.

Adrian Padeanu

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