The Audi R8 LMS GT4 race car makes its first appearance in China on display at the Shanghai Audi International Circuit on September 9 and 10. The car is presented to the Chinese market as part of the Audi Sport festival that includes the Audi R8 LMS Cup’s double-header race weekend.
Alongside the Audi R8 LMS GT3 and the Audi RS 3 LMS, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 is the third race car from Audi Sport customer racing. The vehicle represents the marque’s first foray into the fast-growing GT4 segment, with the car expected to feature strongly in Asia’s leading motorsport events and series.
“Audi Sport customer racing Asia is delighted to welcome its new family member to Asia,” commented Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “The Audi R8 LMS GT4 is a dynamic, customer-friendly, cost-effective and safe racing car tailor-made for gentlemen drivers and those embarking on a GT career.”
Customer orders will commence at the end of the year, however interested teams and drivers may already pre-register with Audi Sport customer racing Asia. Owners in Asia will receive industry-leading parts and technical support from Audi Sport customer racing Asia from delivery.
The ideal race car for newcomers and privateers, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 epitomises the highest levels of production-based motorsport engineering. Derived directly from the road-going Audi R8 Coupé V10 – sharing over 60% of its parts – it is powerful, offers a high level of safety, yet remains economical in terms of purchase and ownership cost.
Rear-wheel drive with a 7-speed double-clutch transmission and equipped with the same Audi Space Frame and 5.2 litre, naturally-aspirated V10 engine as the Audi R8 LMS GT3, a maximum output of 495 horsepower makes the Audi R8 LMS GT4 a veritable powerhouse. The body components are largely identical to those of the production car, but have been optimised to support the race car’s aerodynamics and thermal management of the cooling and braking systems.
Importantly for drivers competing in the searing heat and humidity of Asia, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 comes equipped with air-conditioning as standard.