This is Audi’s “turn key” race car – The R8 LMS. Audi delivers the car built to handle the stresses of road racing, including such things as a roll cage, vented ceramic brakes, paddle shifters derived from the R10 TDI LMP prototype race car. Not to mention race tweaked ABS, race tuned traction control, and a race worthy ECU. The engine is the same 90 degree 5.2L v10 engine that is found in the road version. Pushing out 500hp and 369 ft lbs of torque. Tipping the scales around 2700lbs.
What is sadly missing from the R8 LMS is Audi’s Quattro – All Wheel Drive System. You know, the “unfair advantage” that banned Audi from racing in the 80′s.
You can find various iterations of the Audi R8 LMS running in Grand-Am and Pirelli World Challenge. Running in GT class.