RE: Audi R8 LMS GT2 is most powerful R8 racer yet

RE: Audi R8 LMS GT2 is most powerful R8 racer yet

Friday 5th July

Audi R8 LMS GT2 is most powerful R8 racer yet

Both GT4 and GT3 LMS R8s have enjoyed plentiful success; don't bet against this one doing the same



Next year will see the introduction of a 'GT2' class to world of sportscars, eligible for series like the Blancpain GT Series and the same organisation's World Challenge that takes place across continents. It aims to take the drivability of current GT4 cars to another performance level, complementing the existing GT3 competitors by being quicker in a straight line but not so rapid through the bends. Porsche has already shown its potential competitor in the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, and now it's Audi's turn with the R8 LMS GT2.

Just shown at Goodwood, Audi has described the GT2 as "a fascinating sports car"; more than that, it's the most powerful motorsport R8 yet made, with 640hp from its V10 - 20hp more than the roadgoing Performance. These howling LMS R8s are always a treat for race fans, even in GT4 and GT3 forms, so news of the V10's retention for this car is most certainly good news.


For 2019, the GT2 will be available to customers - primarily gentleman drivers - for use at track days and race resorts. From December, Audi Sport will begin delivery to race teams, ahead of next year's inauguration of the reimagined GT2 racing. The promise for these regulations is of "a new stage in racing to the world's most beautiful super sports cars". Beautiful might be a stretch for this R8, festooned as it is ginormous aero devices, but it's going to make for an incredible race car to watch. Fancy one? Audi Sport will relieve you of 338,000 euros plus taxes - being a gentleman racer never has come cheap, after all...









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designndrive62

Original Poster:

704 posts

100 months

Friday 5th July
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So if im reading that article right, GT2 is for gentlemen drivers that want to go fast in a straight line but can't go round corners? Surely just go drag racing..

I also can't understand if this is now the premier level, or if GT3 is still more prestigeous??

200Plus Club

6,230 posts

221 months

Friday 5th July
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Those colours are making my eyes bleed...

Big Robbo

141 posts

89 months

Friday 5th July
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Gentlemen drivers, or PWMMTS , will like it because it's shiny and new regardless if it can go round a corner quickly

Oldwolf

424 posts

136 months

Friday 5th July
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Those tyres would play havoc with my OCD.

E65Ross

22,782 posts

155 months

Friday 5th July
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Most powerful R8 racer ever? How much was the LMP1?
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Nerdherder

881 posts

40 months

Friday 5th July
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200Plus Club said:
Those colours are making my eyes bleed...
Eyesore of the colours and massive wing + downforce elements aside I think Audi should inject more of this agressive look into the normal R8.

Pericoloso

39,651 posts

106 months

Friday 5th July
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E65Ross said:
Most powerful R8 racer ever? How much was the LMP1?
The race version of the road R8.

Why they used the same name for 2 completely different cars is baffling.

Nerdherder

881 posts

40 months

Friday 5th July
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Pericoloso said:
E65Ross said:
Most powerful R8 racer ever? How much was the LMP1?
The race version of the road R8.

Why they used the same name for 2 completely different cars is baffling.
There are some more examples.

Mercedes CLK


Mercedes CLK

Pericoloso

39,651 posts

106 months

Friday 5th July
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Is the racer called CLK GTR ?

E65Ross

22,782 posts

155 months

Friday 5th July
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Nerdherder said:
Pericoloso said:
E65Ross said:
Most powerful R8 racer ever? How much was the LMP1?
The race version of the road R8.

Why they used the same name for 2 completely different cars is baffling.
There are some more examples.

Mercedes CLK


Mercedes CLK
Firstly, that 2nd car isn't a CLK, it's a CLR (I think), and secondly, the CLK race car isn't called a CLK, it's a CLK-GTR smile

Pericoloso

39,651 posts

106 months

Friday 5th July
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That doesn't make sense.
Is it a CLR or a CLK GTR ?.....confusedsmile

E65Ross

22,782 posts

155 months

Friday 5th July
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Pericoloso said:
That doesn't make sense.
Is it a CLR or a CLK GTR ?.....confusedsmile
It's a CLR, but they also did another race car based upon the CLK, called the CLK-GTR.

CLR



CLK-GTR


Pericoloso

39,651 posts

106 months

Friday 5th July
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Thanks for clarifying.
I knew there was more than 1 CLK racer.
I knew there was a CLK GTR.
But I didn't know what other one was called or which was which.

Don1

13,133 posts

151 months

Friday 5th July
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Back to the story.... What a mess of a car.

SlimJim16v

2,207 posts

86 months

Saturday 6th July
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If it was one or two colours only, it'd look much better. I like it.

Lapauw_T

12 posts

18 months

Monday 8th July
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What is that trumpet for?
I have also seen that on the GT3 cars.