The new Audi R8 LMS GT2 customer racing car, built for a future racing category, has been revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The GT2 class will kick off in Europe and North America in 2020, filling a gap between the existing GT3 and GT4 categories and specifically featuring cars with high longitudinal dynamics.
The version of Audi's 5,2-litre V10 in the R8 LMS GT2 generates 470 kW, which makes it the most powerful unit in the eleven-year history of the German firm’s customer racing programme.
“This sportscar with its emotive high-performance V10 engine marks the top end of our customer racing programme. The legendary event at Goodwood is the ideal venue for unveiling such a fascinating sports car,” said Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of Audi Sport.
Audi Sport says its new R8 LMS GT2 is the “ideal sportscar” for classic fielding in races, as well as being suitable for track days and events at race resorts. The first examples will be delivered to customers in December.
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