Audi has just recently unveiled its latest customer racing car, the Audi R8 LMS GT2, and it looks fantastic. In fact, it’s one of the coolest looking race cars Audi’s ever made and it’s even better looking than the current, more extreme R8 LMS GT3 car. In this new video from Carfection, we get an up close look at the Audi R8 LMS GT2, both inside and out.
The R8 LMS GT2 has been developed for the GT2 class of endurance racing which hasn’t yet begun. GT2 racing will start in 2020 and a few manufacturers have already announced their participation. Audi of course being one of them.
What’s odd about the GT2 class of racing is that it’s numerically out of order, as Carfection’s Henry Catchpole says. That’s because GT3 racing is the most extreme class, while GT4 is the more “Gentleman’s Racer” class, as it offers more power but less aero, making it more accessible to amateur racers. However, GT2 will now sit between them, being more extreme than GT4 but not as much as GT3. So it’s numerically a bit odd.
The Audi R8 LMS GT2 is obviously going to compete in GT2 racing and it’s actually based off of the Audi R8 Spyder chassis. That’s been done to get the roofline lower, so Audi Sport could fit the roof-mounted air intake. It still uses the R8’s 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 but it makes 640 hp and only powers the rear wheels. Its aerodynamics are not only incredibly functional but they look awesome as well. As Catchpole notes, the reverse swan-neck wing mounts are beautiful pieces.
Also, the color scheme is awesome. The neon yellow accents in the front aero intake, the rear wing and even on the tires themselves looks awesome. Prices start at 338,000 euros ($379,000-ish USD). However, it’s a small price to have a proper racing car for you new GT2-class racing team.