WORLD PREMIERE: Audi R8 LMS GT3 for Customer Racing

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The Audi R8 isn’t dead just yet. Despite its inevitable demise in 2020, the R8 will continue to rock on in GT3 racing until then. At the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the brand-new Audi R8 LMS GT3 made its official worldwide debut, marking Audi Sport’s fourth customer racing model in as many years.

“In developing the evolution of the car, we’ve put even greater focus on our customers and their needs,” says Chris Reinke. “The pre-design stage for the second evolution of our current model generation centered on many discussions with our teams.”

For this latest Audi R8 LMS GT3, Audi Sport focused on providing customer racers with an even better technological base than ever before. Improved aerodynamics and, more importantly, cooling help increase consistency lap after lap under various different circumstances.

What’s interesting is that Audi Sport hasn’t forgotten existing customers that already own the second-generation Audi R8 LMS. If you already own a second-gen R8 LMS, you can retrofit your race car with the new R8 LMS GT3 upgrades, rather than replacing the entire car. To retrofit the new parts, it will set you back 28,000-Euros, which we don’t think is so bad considering the high cost of the car and the cost of racing. It sounds especially cheap when you consider the cost of a brand-new Audi R8 LMS GT3, which will set you back 398,000-Euros.

It does look awesome, though, this new Audi R8 LMS GT3. The R8 always looks like a race car, even in basic road car form. But this proper racing car version looks fantastic, with its massive fixed wing, glass engine cover showing off the mighty motor and its hollow front end that allows for extra air to hit a cooling fan in the massive hood scoop. We’d love to go for a drive in one of these on track.