Audi Sport has revealed the Evo II version of its hugely successful R8 LMS GT3, set for customer deliveries for the 2022 season and a racing debut in factory-backed hands later this year.
The new race car will be on display in the paddock for the first time at the Spa 24 Hours.
“The new evolution meets the needs of our customers even more,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “The majority of the innovations reflect the wishes that the teams have expressed to us.”
The new version of the car sees the R8 LMS package optimized in five areas: aerodynamics, engine characteristics, air conditioning, suspension and traction control.
The ‘Evo II’ package is available either as a brand new car (At a price of 429,000 euros plus VAT – up from 398k), or as an upgrade package for the current model.
Key changes include an aero package that sees more of the car’s downforce generated by the new rear wing instead of by the floor.
The engine features a new intake system with improved torque characteristics whilst the suspension is optimized by four-way adjustable dampers for the first time.
The traction control system allows further adjustments with new functionalities. Finally, the interior climate control improves comfort and should aid better concentration and more consistent lap times, especially over longer distances and at higher outside temperatures.
Audi hope that the new version of the car will add substantially to a record of racing success for the various iterations of R8 GTe3 thsat have secured 83 drivers titles worldwide as well as 106 other championship successes, plus eight overall victories in 12-hour races and 13 in 24-hour races.