Audi has unveiled the all-new 2016 R8 LMS at the Geneva Motor Show where it's being showcased alongside the road-going R8 family.
Developed to meet the oncoming 2016 regulations, the new R8 LMS is the first GT3 car to feature a carbon fiber reinforced plastic crash element at the back which allows the model to meet the more demanding crash test requirements of a LMP car such as the R18 e-tron quattro. The model has also gained a Audi Protection Series PS1 seat connected directly to the chassis for better stiffness while a rescue opening in the roof has been added, representing also a first time for a GT3 car. Audi has installed a quick-adjustable foot lever system as well as a height & length adjustable safety steering column.
Despite the added hardware, the 2016 R8 LMS is actually 25 kg (55 lbs) lighter than its predecessor so it now tips the scales at 1,225 kg (2,700 lbs) while the torsional stiffness has been boosted by 39 percent. Compared to the old model, the chassis is now approximately 30 kg (66 lbs) lighter at 252 kg (555 lbs) thanks to a multi-material construction in the Audi Space Frame (ASF).
Power comes from the familiar V10 5.2-liter engine developing up to 585 HP (430 kW) and coupled to a newly developed six-speed transmission with paddle shifters.
Built by quattro GmbH, the new Audi R8 LMS will be available on order in the second half of the year, with deliveries beginning late 2015.