Audi introduces the Evo II model of its R8 LMS GT3

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jul 21, 2021 | Audi, GT3, R8, LMS

Photography Courtesy Audi

The Audi R8 LMS, first introduced in 2009, has garnered “83 drivers titles won worldwide and 106 additional championship victories” over its racing tenure. What better way to celebrate those wins–and ensure they keep happening–by introducing the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, the latest evolution of Audi's GT racing car.

The R8's V10 powerplant is rated for a maximum output of 585 horsepower (53 more than the “standard” R8, but 17 less than the all-wheel-drive Performance model), though is “variable by means of restrictors,” and is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission. 

Expect the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II to hit the track starting in 2022.

Curious as to how much a new GT3-spec R8 would cost you? Budget around 429,000 Euros, or about $505,000–about three times the cost of “base” rear-wheel-drive R8.

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hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass Reader
7/21/21 12:02 p.m.

interesting rear wing supports.

15 years or so ago you had the basic uprights, just straight up to the bottom of the wing.

Then you had the gooseneck style that went in front of the wing.

Now this is behind? I wonder how much better it helps aero

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
7/21/21 1:04 p.m.

I believe that aero engineers found that placing supports behind the centrex of the triadal equator created a negative vortex that insulated the hypotenuse in a parallel manner resulting in negative gyroscopic axes. Which, in turn, placed more downforce on the rear view mirrors.

To compensate for this, all longitudinal beam moments were relocated toward the summit of the chord, resulting in ever decreasing swirl effects when struck by relative wave forms. 

Calculations have shown that vertical input can greatly unbalance the checkpoint, and in quick order you have major palpitations of the rhomboid with possible auditory ripples.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
7/21/21 1:35 p.m.

Very cool looking car in an unfortunate livery. Also, wow that's double a really nice house.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
7/21/21 2:20 p.m.

In reply to tuna55 :

Very few of the liveries are fortunate.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
7/21/21 2:41 p.m.
300zxfreak said:

In reply to tuna55 :

Very few of the liveries are fortunate.

What's happened? They used to be beautiful. This is a curvy and elegant body shape, with angles and useless "+" marks all over making it look jagged and disjointed.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
7/21/21 3:30 p.m.

In reply to tuna55 :

My guess is that it's the same "designers" who are working on the actual car styling ( see rant I posted re: the BMW M3/4 ) These folks have completely lost their collective minds when it comes to design, nothing flows, nothing is coordinated, nothing organic, just a lot lines going nowhere. "Slash and burn design", I guess.

I give you the Honda Civic Type R as a prime example........great car, but I wouldn't spend my cash on one. Styling is enough to keep one awake at night thinking of it.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
7/21/21 3:57 p.m.

If the livery is supposed to look like a glitched paint scheme from the early days of Forza, they nailed it.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/22/21 3:04 p.m.

Crap, I kinda dig that wrap. 

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