This is Audi’s latest R8, the LMS GT2
Audi is the second manufacturer to commit to the new GT2 category after Porsche.
Goodwood has given us many interesting car unveilings so far this weekend and this latest Audi Sport Customer Racing model is no different. In fact, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 is set to compete in the GT2 category that has been imagined by SRO Motorsport and will enter competitiveness in 2020.
With the R8 LMS GT2, Audi is the second manufacturer to commit to the category after Porsche with the 911 GT2RS Clubsport. The category will place itself between the existing GT3 and GT4 and is designed to attract gentleman drivers as the GT3 class becomes more and more professional.
The car was unveiled today during the second day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed by nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, the Duke of Richmond and Audi Sport CEO Chris Reinke. Tomorrow will be its official mobile debut as it takes to the Goodwood hillclimb with Tom Kristensen behind the wheel.
So far, we don’t have much information about the car other than the impressive 640hp produced by the naturally aspirated V10 engine. This makes the GT2 the most powerful version of the Audi R8 LMS despite its aim to attract somewhat inexperienced drivers.
Along with the power increase over other versions of the R8, the GT2 looks very much more impressive. In fact, the rear wing looks a lot more aggressive and the front splitter seems very long. Furthermore, the addition of a massive roof scoop above the driver’s head is sure to inspire spectators during next year’s inaugural season.
Those interested in purchasing the car along with the chance to compete in one of the SRO organised championships will need deep pockets. In fact, the 338,000€ price tag is a pretty steep amount for a car that is bound to be beaten up on the track. According to Audi Sport, deliveries of the car should start in December.