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.
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.