Following the success of the Audi R8 LMS and the customer racing teams that used them, Audi decided to develop and sell Audi RS3 LMS Touring cars to customer racing teams. These RS3 LMS cars started going on sale in November and two racing teams, Cadspeed-Racing and the Speed Factory Racing Team, have just taken delivery of their new Touring cars.
“Following successful development and testing, production of the RS 3 LMS was launched at the end of November,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport Customer Racing. “The delivery of the first cars to customer teams is a special moment for this project that is still young. We are delighted about the great demand and already very excited about the first races of the RS 3 LMS in the customer’s hand.”
The Audi RS3 LMS has been developed by Audi Sport GmbH for Touring Car racing and is powered by the same 2.0 liter TFSI four-cylinder engine as the road car, just with much less power. That’s right, the racing car has less power than the road car, as it makes only 330 hp, compared to the 400 hp of the new Audi RS3 Sedan. But it can get to 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, around the same time as the road car, thanks to its lighter weight and grippier tires.
If you’re interested in an RS3 LMS, prices for the TCR variant with a sequential six-speed racing transmission start at 129,000 euros (plus VAT). Audi Sport GmbH offers a TCR version with an S-tronic direct-shift transmission for 109,000 euros (plus VAT) and a club sport variant for 99,000 euros (plus VAT) which further expand the possible uses of the RS 3 LMS.