Weekend Wallpaper: #40 Audi R8 LMS GT

By | July 15, 2012

Pirelli World Challenge – #40 Audi R8 LMS GT

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.

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Weekend Wallpaper is a weekly series featuring the auto photography of Mike Gillilan. You can see more of his work on Flickr


Chad Waite on July 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm.

What an amazing photo and car. Too bad it didn’t dominate that round like I was hoping….

mike on July 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm.

1st year out – give it another year or two and then it should be a stronger competitor..

Chance Hales on July 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm.

I still can’t tell exactly what variant this car is. It’s not the all out LMS version lacking the splitter and winglets but its also not the Grand Am version as it is missing the windshield intrusion bars… Either way, the R8 racers aren’t doing well in the US but they are dominating in European race series.

mike on July 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm.

Essentially it is the LMS version, the splitter and winglets are removed (as well as other things), per SCCA regulations

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