The original R8 LMS was launched in 2009 and based on the first generation of the road-going supercar. Last year in Geneva, Audi Sport unveiled the second iteration of its track machine which continued the tradition by being closely linked to the road car. As a matter of fact, about half of the parts found in the LMS version are taken from the regular model, including the naturally-aspirated V10 engine which Audi says is almost the same. Moreover, the chassis is being put together at the same ‘Böllinger Höfe’ site where the one for the road-legal R8 comes to life.
136 cars were built during the first generation and the others belong to the current model which celebrated its first victory last year in April at the Nürburgring during the VLN endurance championship. In total, the two generations have brought home no less than 28 overall championship titles all over the world, 34 class titles, nine overall victories in 24-hour endurance races, and four triumphs in 12-hour races.
As for the 200th R8 LMS, it was built earlier this month at Audi’s Neckarsulm site in Germany and belongs to team ‘Montaplast by Land-Motorsport’ which is currently in the lead of the ADAC GT Masters after six events with Christopher Mies/Connor De Phillippi.
The second-gen R8 LMS is 55 pounds (25 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor, even though Audi’s engineers have added more equipment, including a roof-mounted rescue opening and a quick-adjustable foot lever system. On top of that, the race car also boasts a height- and length-adjustable steering column and uses an Audi Protection Series PS1 seat linked directly to the chassis.
The 5.2-liter FSI engine can be configured to deliver as much as 585 horsepower (430 kilowatts) and sends output to the road through a six-speed, paddle-shift gearbox which debuted with the second generation of the car.
Speaking about the production milestone, Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, said: “When our new model was launched last year, many teams opted for the Audi R8 LMS – and inquiries from many parts of the world continue to be received in large numbers.”
Audi builds 200th R8 LMS for customers
Audi produces 200th R8 LMS
Neckarsulm is delighted: The Audi Sport customer racing team has completed the 200th Audi R8 LMS. Since 2009, the brand with the four rings has been involved in international GT3 racing with a race car for customers and developed a sales and service network around the globe, numerous supporting services and technology offerings.