Friday, December 23, 2016

Audi Sport R8 LMS at PRI 2016
 
 
At the Audi Sport Customer Racing booth at the 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, the company displayed their mid-engine R8 LMS FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile)  GT3 specification racer the first race car developed by Audi Sport specifically for customer teams with more than 120 sold to date.
photo courtesy Audi Sport Customer Racing
 

A similar machine to the one on display fielded by Magnus Racing was the GTD (Grand Touring Daytona) Class winner at the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and won the 2016 Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Championship (TPNAEC) series. The 2016 TPNAEC series also included endurance racing events such as the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, the Sahlen’s 6 Hours at Watkins Glen and the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Magnus Racing’s 2016 TPNAEC driver lineup included John Potter, Rene Rast, Marco Seefried and Andy Lally.
 
photo by the author

The Audi R8 LMS has an extensive safety package begins with the Audi Space Frame (ASF) aluminum-CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) hybrid construction with a stressed steel roll-cage, PS3 safety seat, FIA-legal fuel tank, FIA safety nets on both sides of the seat and a rescue hatch in the roof. The R8 LMS uses bodywork built from CFRP and aluminum.
 
photo by the author
 

The $440,000 R8 LMS is powered by a 5.2-liter (317 cubic inch) all-aluminum 90-degree V-10 engine that produces 535 horsepower and 405 foot/pounds of torque. The sequential six speed transmission supplies power to the rear wheels as due to FIA gt3 regulations the R8 does not use Audi Quattro™ technology, but the car uses traction control and ABS braking.   

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