Audi Starts to Deliver the Evolution-Version R8 LMS

According to Audi, its new GT3 customer sport program has reached a new milestone. The German car manufacturer says that by the middle of April it will hand out 20 Audi R8 LMS cars to teams competing in various national and international racing series, including the two 24-hours races at Nurburging and at Spa-Francorchamps this season.

Audi wants to offer its customers the best car possible, so the automaker will obtain FIA homologation of an evolution-version of the R8 LMS. Previous vehicles will be brought up to date with the help of a kit.

“During our evolution project we primarily focused on service life and maintenance- friendliness,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “All the experience we gathered last season with the help of our partners has been fed into the evolution-version. We’re convinced that we’re handing over a reliable and easy to handle vehicle to our customers that embodies the high quality standards of the Audi brand.”

The R8 LMS evolution has a revised chassis and suspension, a better engine cooling capacity, new electronics and an exhaust system optimized for racing. The evolution-version Audi R8 LMS is priced at 298,000 Euros plus tax, but the production for this year is already sold out.

Teams fielding the Audi R8 LMS in the 2010 season are:

  • ABT Sportsline (D): ADAC GT Masters, Nürburgring 24 Hours, VLN
  • Audi race experience Team Joest (D): VLN
  • Audi Sport Italia (I): Italian GT Championship
  • Black Falcon (D): VLN, 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, FIA European GT3 Championship
  • Brinkmann Racing (D): International GT Open
  • Mark Eddy (AUS): Australian GT Championship
  • ORECA (F): French GT Championship
  • Phoenix Racing (D): VLN, International GT Open, Nürburgring 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours
  • Team Rosberg (D): ADAC GT Masters, FIA European GT3 Championship
  • United Autosport (GB): FIA European GT3 Championship, Spa 24 Hours, British GT Championship
  • W Racing Team (B): Belcar, French GT Championship
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