Just a few short days after the official unveiling of the 2016 R8, Audi has announced the R8 LMS for the 2016 GT3 race season.
The new R8 LMS began testing in the spring of 2013 according to a press release from the marque issued today, and is set to prove itself as a worthy successor to the first generation. The new version of this racecar is 755 pounds lighter, weighing in at just 2,700 pounds thanks to an aluminum chassis and roll bar.
It was also designed to not just meet, but to exceed the new GT3 regulations unveiled for 2016, with a particular emphasis on increasing the safety of the car. The rear now uses a carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) crash element, and the specialty protection seats are connected to the chassis for increased stiffness.
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The first generation of the Audi R8 LMS saw immense success on the racetracks since its introduction in 2009, as well as more than 130 sales worldwide. As the release states, the first generation won 26 GT3 Championships, seven over-all victories in 24-hour races and 23 titles in other classifications. Only time will tell, but the second generation is looking to impress even more than the first.
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