Audi made its presence known at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Not only did it show off classic race cars, with current racing drivers at the helm, but it also showed off the future of Audi motorsport. The all-new Audi R8 LMS GT2 made its official debut in Goodwood and it’s a racing car for a racing class that doesn’t even exist just yet.
The GT2 racing class will actually begin in 2020. In both Europe and North America, GT2 class racers will fill the gap between GT3 and GT4 cars. They’re more casual racers than full-on GT3 cars but they’re more track-focused and more bespoke than GT4 cars. According to Audi, a GT2 car is the sort that “addresses gentleman drivers who have been the backbone of GT racing for decades.” It’s essentially a customer race car for casual driver that want to take their car on track or at a Race Resort, such as the Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California or Monticello in New York.
“This sports car with its emotive high-performance V10 engine marks the top end of our customer racing program. The legendary event at Goodwood is the ideal venue for unveiling such a fascinating sports car,” said Audi Sport Boss Oliver Hoffmann.
However it will be used, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 looks awesome. The white, black and neon yellow color combination, along with its crazy aero, makes it look like a race car from the future. The coolest bits are the massive aerodynamic air scoop where the grille used to be, the air intake on the roof and the massive rear wing. It’s just a fantastic looking race car and if I had the money I’d be very tempted to go racing with one.
Speaking of money, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 isn’t cheap. In fact, it costs a whopping 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. Plus, it looks fantastic, so even if you lose, you’ll have the best looking car on the grid.