The Audi R8 LMS GT4 – Now you can be a 24-hour racing hero for just £175,500
Audi's race special R8 comes fully-prepped for 24-hour endurance action
Audi Sport unveiled its track-ready R8 LMS GT4 earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, and now they have announced the entry-fee required to live out your dreams of 24-hour racing glory.
The order book is now open with pricing being a very reasonable EUR 198,000 (£175,500) before country related taxes. Audi is billing the R8 LMS GT4 as the ‘little brother’ of the GT3 race car, and it will be available in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
It shares over sixty percent of its parts with the road-going R8 and boasts 495hp from its 5.2-litre V10 engine. As four-wheel drive is prohibited in the GT4 class, the LMS GT4 is rear-wheel drive with a 7-speed double clutch gearbox pushing all that power to the road via a mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear axle.
As Audi has binned the Quattro system along with all of the luxury parts, the R8 LMS GT4 weighs in at 1,460kg dry which represents a 135kg weight saving over its road-legal counterpart. It also packs a race-spec 118-litre fuel tank and steel brakes to solidify its long-distance racing credentials.
All of this lightness and power means a 0-62mph time of sub-four seconds as well as a top speed of 155mph which is on par with both the standard and the special LWS versions of the current R8.
Audi will, of course, maintain your race-spec R8 for you, no word on how much this will cost but they have confirmed that the R8 LMS GT4 will run for 6,000 miles before needing a service with a rebuild coming after 12,000 miles with the company providing all spare parts and logistics as owners require them.
And don’t think that owners have to pitch up to one-make special events either, Audi points out that there are 13 series worldwide in which GT4 spec cars can compete.
This race-prepped R8 can be ordered in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia with deliveries starting in December 2017.
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