Wednesday 7 September 2011

Audi R8 LMS to be homologated for Grand-Am

Audi R8 LMS to be homologated
for Grand-Am

􀀁 Audi targets important U.S. market with new R8 LMS version
􀀁 2012 debut at the 50th running of the Daytona 24 Hours
􀀁 Audi Sport customer racing to provide technical customer support

Ingolstadt, September 7, 2011 – Audi is now preparing the successful R8 LMS
customer sport model for the U.S. market as well. A dedicated racing version
conforming to Grand-Am regulations is planned to make its debut at the
anniversary race of the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2012 in the hands of
Audi’s successful GT3 sports car has celebrated more than 100 victories in Europe,
Asia, Australia and South America. From 2012 on, the Audi R8 LMS will now also be
available on the North American market. For this purpose, Audi is developing and
homologating the brand’s first customer sports race car for the regulations of the
Grand-Am Endurance Series in the USA.
Right in time for the 50th running of the Daytona 24 Hours (January 28 to 29,
2012) an endurance race tested, attractive new GT race car will be available to
Audi’s customers. With overall victories at the Bathurst 12 Hours in Australia, the
Spa and Zolder 24 Hours in Belgium and another GT3 victory at the Nürburgring 24
Hours the production-derived GT3 race car which the U.S. version is based on has
again proven its qualities on numerous occasions this year.
For use in the USA, quattro GmbH is modifying the GT3 race car of which more than
40 units have already been sold in the areas of the chassis, body, engine and
suspension. The chassis is stiffened by a roll cage with wall thicknesses being
increased to two millimeters according to the regulations. A new front splitter, a
modified rear diffuser and a standard Grand-Am rear wing change the aerodynamics
of the sports car. The rated output of the engine has to be reduced to a lower level
of about 331 to 346 kW (450 to 470 HP) by an air restrictor and the engine
electronics. At the same time, the capacity of the fuel tank, which can now be filled
on both sides of the vehicle, is limited to 83.3 liters. In the area of the wheels and
suspension three-part rims are used. The standard anti-lock system and traction
control of the R8 LMS are prohibited as driving aids in the USA.
“We’re convinced that we’re making a very attractive offer to our customers in the
USA that will meet with great response,” says Romolo Liebchen, Head of customer
racing at quattro GmbH. “The anniversary event of the Daytona 24 Hours is a perfect
occasion for the debut of the U.S. version of the new Audi R8 LMS.”
At the endurance classic in Florida as well as at the other rounds of the Grand-Am
racing series customers can rely on substantial support. Audi Sport customer racing
will accompany the entire 2012 season in the USA with a technical crew and provide
consultancy to the race teams. In addition, Audi is exploring the possibilities of
future uses the Audi R8 LMS at other endurance events in the United States of

Audi Sport.

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