Audi a présenté une version compétition championnat GT4 client de sa nouvelle Audi R8 LMS dénommé Audi R8 LMS GT4, en Première mondiale au salon international de New York 2017.
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Design Audi R8 LMS GT4
Assez proches de la version de série, avec une préparation course, les autos GT4 peuvent notamment de participer à des courses majeures comme les 24 Heures du Nürburgring, ou des championnats nationaux, comme le FFSA GT en France.
La voiture Audi version GT4 se différencie néanmoins de la R8 civile via son arceau de sécurité, ainsi qu’un capot revu, des splitters à l’avant pour favoriser l’appui aero. L’arrière se part d’un échappement ovale et d’un aileron imposant.
Moteur Audi R8 LMS GT4
L’Audi R8 LMS GT4, pesant 1460 kg à vide, partage plus de 60% de ses pièces avec l’Audi R8 Coupé de série et est également produite sur le site Böllinger Höfe à côté de Neckarsulm. Audi Sport développe le modèle GT4, qui offre une puissance pouvant aller jusqu’à 495 ch et 550 Nm de couple grâce au V10 5.2L.
The car, produced on the same assembly line as the Audi R8 Coupe V10, shares more than 60 percent of components from its road-going counterpart. It features a 5.2-liter V10 engine, estimated to producers nearly 500 horsepower and controlled under the SRO GT4 regulations.
Before the New York International Auto Show the Audi R8 LMS premiered in its GT4 version. Audi Sport GmbH’s customer racing program has been experiencing rapid growth. Audi has been offering the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car since 2009, followed by the second generation of this success model in 2015, and the RS 3 LMS for the TCR category in 2016. Now Audi Sport’s portfolio of models has been extended once again.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 stands for production-based racing. It has directly been derived from the road-approved Audi R8 Coupé V10, is powerful and offers a high level of safety. At the same time, it is an affordable choice in terms of purchasing price and cost of ownership. It is the ideal race car for amateur campaigners, in line with the spirit of the GT4 regulations that continue a great sports car tradition, as fascinating road-going sports cars were a popular base in GT racing around the world more than half a century ago.
In racing, the audience will be able to see the production-based Audi R8 LMS GT4 for the first time in the Nürburgring 24 Hours from May 25 to 28. With that, the brand fills another growth category in international motorsport. The GT4 class, which originated in Europe, will be intensively marketed on an international scale starting in 2017, with fielding opportunities in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
“13 racing series in which GT4 models can compete worldwide already exist today worldwide. Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time.
These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league.”
Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 shares more than 60 percent of its assembly components with the road-approved Audi R8 Coupé and is produced at the Böllinger Höfe site as well. The customers of the new race car benefit from these synergies in terms of purchasing price and cost of ownership.
Audi Sport is developing the GT4 model, which delivers up to 495 HP depending on its rating, during the course of the 2017 season before a final homologation level has been achieved and approval for racing is requested. During the second half of the year, the team of Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, will be preparing the production of the race car. Consequently, the first customers will be able to receive the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 before the end of the year.
Around the globe, Audi Sport draws on an extensive network of service, spare parts logistics and professional support for the R8 LMS GT4. Audi Sport customer racing has established this infrastructure for the GT3 project on four continents and, like for the RS 3 LMS, uses this proven network for the GT4 model range as well.
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